man opening his garage door Your garage is the perfect place for your car. Keeping your car parked in a garage prevents a lot of the wear and tear that inclement weather, hot summer sun, bird droppings, tree sap, and blowing dust and dirt can cause. Great! That’s what the garage is for!

But what about all the other stuff people store in a garage? After all, just about every American household is bursting at the seams with extra possessions, and these boxes and bins frequently end up in the garage.

Along with the seasonal decorations, the croquet set, and all your camping gear, there are items that you might be tempted to store indoors in your garage but shouldn’t. To keep yourself and your things safe, here is a list of things that you should store elsewhere:

Paint

If you’re thinking you might use that leftover paint someday, then the last place you want to keep it is in the garage. Paint is very susceptible to the temperature extremes of living in an uninsulated garage. Within a few months or a year, you’ll open that gallon can and find a colorful mess. Instead, store your paint in a more climate-controlled place such as a storage area in a basement.

Flammable Liquids

People often shove flammable cleaners or an extra can of emergency gasoline into their garage, little thinking that an errant spark could cause an explosion and damaging fire. Keep all flammable gas tanks, liquids, and cleaners in a ventilated outdoor storage space instead.

Photographs, Papers, Books

Important documents and family keepsakes don’t belong in the harsh environment of your garage. Paper and photos can end up yellowed and brittle after years of exposure to searing heat and high humidity. Mold and mildew are also risks. Possibly even worse is the attraction that rodents have for the paper as nesting fodder. If you’ve got mice in the garage, you may find out too late that your precious keepsakes have been nibbled and shredded as well as mixed with mouse urine and feces.

Refrigerator or Freezer

Fridges and freezers use a lot of energy—even more when they are forced to combat the heat of an uninsulated garage. While it’s not necessarily dangerous to keep a fridge or freezer in your garage, it can raise your energy bill and shorten the lifespan of your appliance. If you have the room, move the fridge or freezer to a basement room or storage room inside the house.

A garage is a wonderful addition to any home. Store your car, stow your extra possessions (aside from the items listed above), and protect it all with a good, solid garage door. DG Doors offers top quality garage doors at discount prices. Visit our Homepage to schedule a service call for garage door maintenance or get a quote for beautiful new doors.