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    Restore the balance of vital energy in your garage with our quick guide to Feng Shui

    Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art which balances the energy levels in your home.  And we thought, why couldn’t this be used in the garage?  It may even result in a better time on your bike or a lower golf handicap.   So here’s our top tips to get your garage bursting with positive energy.

    1.       Declutter.  We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, just get rid of all your unwanted junk.  It might be a time consuming process but it will help you establish what is worth keeping and what can be freecycled, given to charity or sent to the tip.  Remember you must be brave and you must be honest otherwise it’s a pointless task.

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    2.       Give your garage an airing.  Sounds a bit mad right?  But actually letting good quality air and light into your garage is essential for good feng shui energy.  If you can’t leave your door open why not think about an air purifying plant, we’ve found a little list of some good options.

    3.       Paint the walls in a colour that pleases you or panel it with some of our TekPanel (now available in different colours as part of our Ultimate Range) to keep you happy when you are inside.  Or put up pictures of things you love and that make you happy.

    4.       Add wall storage such as cabinets where you can store items and close the doors on.  Also using specialist tool storage racks will keep items all together and out of the way, ensuring they are safe from little hands.

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    5.       Fix your squeaky or broken garage door.  See our recent blog on how easy this is to do.

    6.       Check the safety in your garage such as electrics and lighting, ensuring there are no cables to trip over.

    7.       And finally.  Always park your car with the headlights facing away from the house.  The reason behind this a car is man-made and if this points to your house it can create bad energy, certainly something to avoid.

    So there you have it – positive energy all the way for your garage and hopefully it might just rub off on other aspects of your life too.  Happy feng shuiing!



    Don’t give thieves a helping hand

    Keeping our home safe is the number one priority for most families.  However, although most people secure their homes, garages can be less of a priority.

    With most garages packed full of expensive gardening equipment, tools, sports equipment and bikes, it proves a popular target for thieves.  Don’t overlook your garage’s security.  Read our top tips below to keep your garage safe from thieves.

    • It sounds silly, but lock any doors leading into the garage and especially those from your garage to your house
    • Make life difficult for a thief by using good quality locks and alarms
    • Install some security lights around your garage doors
    • Chain expensive equipment together or make it too heavy to take away
    • Keep an inventory of everything you store in your garage including serial numbers and photos of the most expensive items
    • Use prickly plants on your boundaries to act as a deterrent
    • Try security marking your property for easy to carry off items such as bikes

    Don’t make it easy for thieves and becomes another statistic.



    Take care to avoid trips, slips and falls

    Falls are a leading cause of injury in the home. So next time you are in your garage, look around for potential hazards which may cause trips or falls and read our four safety tips below to minimise any accidents.

    1. Remove all objects from stairs, steps, landings and floors.

    2. Tuck electrical cords into appliances, where possible, or around external prongs. But always ensure they do not cross walkways.

    3. Attach and secure bannisters or hand-rails on both sides.

    4. Keep the floor clean and clean up grease, water or other spills as soon as they happen.

    Call us on 01491 579975 or email us at info@garageflex.co.uk to find out more.



    Protect your family from fire and burns in the garage

    With most of us storing some kind of flammable liquid in our garages, we wanted to share our thoughts on minimising the chances of a fire breaking out.

    Here are our top tips for keeping your garage a safe place to be:

    1. If you do have to store petrol in your garage, keep it tightly sealed and out of reach of children.
    2. You shouldn’t store petrol in a garage that contains an appliance with a pilot light.
    3. Be careful not to overload plug sockets or extension cords and make sure all your wiring and cords are free from damage.
    4. If you have any chemicals stored in your garage, keep them in a secure cabinet out of reach.  Something like our cabinets are a good choice.
    5. Have a fire extinguisher to hand in the garage and train all adults on how to use it.
    6. If you have any appliances in your garage, keep them clean and clear of build up residue to stop the chances of it catching fire.

    For all your garage makeover needs, call us on 01491 579975 or email us at info@garageflex.co.uk.



    Are the electrics safe in your garage?

    Keeping electrical cables in good working order is imperative in your home AND your garage.  We have compiled a list of top tips below to ensure your garage is safe both for you and your family.

    1. Make sure all electrical cords are in good condition. Replace any that are frayed, knotted or coiled.

    2. Check electrical ratings on appliance cords and extension cords. Make sure all appliances are carrying proper loads.

    3 Outdoors, use only extension cords marked specifically for outdoor use.

    4. Use child-resistant outlet covers on wall outlets if children live in or visit your home.

    5. Check for safety certifications from recognised testing organisations on all electrical appliances, cords and fixtures.

    6. Follow manufacturer’s recommendation for power usage. Use extension cords only temporarily. Remove extension cords when finished.

    7. Keep all electrically powered appliances and equipment dry and away from exposure to water.

    Contact Garageflex on info@garageflex.co.uk or call us on 01491 579975.



    Umm, can you pass the torch?

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    Poor lighting in your garage can not only cause problems finding what you need, it can also be dangerous if you have any steps or obstacles.  And if you use your garage for DIY projects or tinkering with cars or bikes, then it is a good idea to think whether what you have is fit for purpose.

    The two main lighting types to consider are overall lighting and focused lighting.

    By overall lighting, we mean the main lighting to the whole garage which comes in the form of overhead fluorescent lights.   Focused lighting benefits those who need to work in particular areas of the garage and items such as portable work lamps, head lamps, floor lamps and inspection lamps are all good choices here.

    We have a few top tips when thinking about your garage lighting and remember as part of a Garageflex installation, we can clad your ceiling to incorporate any lighting, making it a brighter and safer place to be.

    Garageflex’s Top Tips:

    1.  Light your garage and any stairs well.

    2.  Use the maximum safe wattage in light fixtures, this can usually be found inside the light fitting.

    3.  Avoid using naked bulbs and shield any bulbs used near work areas to reduce the risk of breakage and fire.

    4.  Consider what you use your garage for, general lighting may suffice or you may need more focused points of light for working on projects.

    5.  Consider having your ceiling clad or painted white, this can make a surprising amount of difference as the light bounces off it rather than absorbing it.

    Any questions, we would love to hear from you, info@garageflex.co.uk or 01491 579975.