Any time that you decide to work on a vehicle, you should already know all of the dangers involved. Most people would think of the car falling off the jack and crushing them or even scraping a little meat off their knuckles but most do not pay attention to the ventilation of their garage. The exhaust from your car puts off highly toxic fumes that can endanger you and your loved ones if your garage is not properly ventilated. Leaving the garage door open and lifting the windows can help but most of the time, it is better to install some kind of ventilation system.
There are many different ways to properly ventilate your garage from putting fans in the window to installing outlet fans and vents. Both of these ventilation systems serve the same purpose, which is to suck the harmful fumes up and send them outside leaving your garage full of non toxic fumes. A little more expensive but much more effective ventilation system can be installed in your garage using a duct system similar to that of you air conditioning.
The Importance of Proper Ventilation
Proper garage ventilation is important for not only your safety but for taking care of your garage. Vehicles and gasoline go together like peanut butter and jelly so more than likely you are going to have gasoline in your garage. Gas is a flammable highly toxic substance that requires one to have proper ventilation in any area that it is being worked with or stored. Mold can also be caused by poor ventilation especially if you live in a humid climate. Mold may not be flammable like gas but is greatly overlooked and can cause health problems such as headaches and breathing problems.
The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
Starting the engine of any motor vehicle puts off carbon monoxide and this highly toxic gas is dangerous and can be fatal. Carbon Monoxide reduces oxygen to the brain leaving one confused and can cause death rather quickly in a closed in space. Most people that have been poisoned by carbon monoxide do not even realize that they are in any danger until it is too late. The only way to safely start or work on a vehicle in a closed in area such as a garage or shop is to take the time to properly ventilate the area taking no short cuts because you and your families lives could be on the line.
Garage ventilation is a serious subject that some seem to pay no attention to leaving himself or herself and loved ones at risk. Simply opening your garage door could possibly be enough ventilation but with all the gas fumes and carbon monoxide why take the chance. Installing a proper ventilation system can make repairing your vehicle safer and more comfortable so go ahead, take a few extra moments, and make sure the bad air is flowing out and the good in.