Many people take an “out of sight, out of mind” approach when it comes to their basement, using the space to store everything from rarely used cleaning supplies to precious family mementos. However, there’s one common item that could be putting you in serious danger if you’re keeping it in your basement, experts say. Read on to discover what you should never store in your basement to avoid this catastrophic mistake.
While you might want to keep your gas-powered lawn mower or leaf blower in a covered space like your basement to protect it against the elements, doing so could cause serious harm.
“When you store fueled-up equipment like lawnmowers in your basement, you put yourself at risk because of off-gassing, [which occurs] when the fuel from the appliance releases as vapor,” says fire safety expert Chuck Roydhouse, owner of Clean Sweep of Anne Arundel County, president of the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), and a retired professional firefighter.
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If you are storing gas-powered equipment in your home, you’re putting both your property and personal safety at risk.
“Because gas vapor is heavier than air, it can move through the floor of the home seeking an…