Winter weather is already teasing us in the Denver, CO area. We’re hearing a lot about things we need to do to stay safe while driving. Keeping safe in winter also includes being safe in your garage. Here are 3 garage safety tips for snow and ice:
As the temperature dips below freezing, it’s important to be aware of what we store in the garage. Commonly stored items such as paint cans and cans of food that contain water can freeze during winter. The quality of both paint and your canned food items decreases with freeze-thaw cycles. It’s important to relocate these to an area with a more stable temperature.
Avoid Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide is a dangerous, colorless, odorless gas that is produced by the engine of your vehicle. The average car in an enclosed space can produce a deadly amount of carbon monoxide in only a few minutes. Dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning include dizziness, flu-like symptoms, immobility, and death. Running your car engine even with the garage door open can lead to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. For garage safety, when you start your vehicle in the snow and ice of winter, you should immediately get in the car and drive it into open air.
Garage Door Safety
We’ve already offered some suggestions for maintaining your garage door in winter. We recommend these maintenance activities because cold temperatures can cause the screws, springs, and other metal parts of your garage door to contract. The contraction may lead to your door failing to open or close properly. Sometimes these can also pose a hazard to you and your family. Lubricating the metal moving parts helps your garage door operate safely. In addition, keep the area under your garage door clear of snow and ice.
Our garage specialists are available to inspect your garage and maintain it for the winter. Book an appointment with Primos Garage Doors today to learn more about our services and to request an estimate for a garage safety check.