I'm still getting settled in my new place out here in Goshen, OH and right now my workshop is in my 2 car garage which is where my tractors and other equipment is stored, along with some things left over from the move we made last year. I keep about 5 to 10 gallons of gas on hand because whenever I can catch a good price I buy at least one 5 gallon can's worth. It occurred to me that a good idea would be to see if I can find one of those flammable liquid storage cabinets somewhere for a reasonable price, say at an industrial sale, so that I can store my gas cans, lube oil and other dangerous liquids so they're protected from any sources of ignition, such as my grinder or chop saw. Does anyone else do this?
I hope everyone has a good ABC fire extinguisher in their shop, because those can handle just about any small fire that might pop up on you. If you've never actually used an extiguisher before, I reccommend you visit your local fire department and ask if they can give you a short course in the proper way to use the extinguisher. I'm not a firefighter myself, but I've had extinguisher training and once had to use one when my wife had a grease fire start in an old electric stove.
I define a small fire as one that is less than 32 sq feet or a 4x8 sheet of plywood. Anything larger is dangerous to take on by yourself unless you have a clear path of escape to the outside. Another good item to keep around the shop is a bag of clay kitty litter or other industrial type absorbent to soak up spills of flammable liquids. I know some people like to use sawdust or newspaper, but that's just adding another fuel source.
One the things I truly dislike about my garage is that the only exits are the two big doors and as soon as I can afford it, I'm going to bring in a metal building to use as a shop for working on equipment and an open sided shed to store my tractors in, so the garage can hold our cars as it was designed to do.
Finally, I once again reccomend a visit to your local fire department to chat with them about your fire safety needs. In addition to what I've already mentioned and what others have said in this forum, it's helpful to know where the nearest hydrant is as well as any local water supply that they can use if need be. Last week a lady lost a $4 million mansion over in Indian Hill, OH because the fire spread too fast and her house was way back a long drive with no hydrant close to the structure. I'm fortunate in one way because my garage sits over a cistern that still holds water, although acess to it in the case of a fire in the garage would be a bit difficult. But at least its there in case it's needed for my house or one of my neighbors.
Well, that's my $1.50 worth. Anyone else want to add something?
Edited by WH55, January 16, 2014 - 11:15 PM.