Sealing The Garage Can Present New Danger
Carbon monoxide in a closed garage is a deadly combination.
In an area where combustible materials are readily present and used, proper ventilation becomes a key component of safety. Ventilation, not insulation, becomes critical. This is especially the case in an attached garage area.
Inspectors warn against insulating a garage like a home, because of the issue of carbon dioxide from combustible materials.
The following dramatizations show Carbon Monoxide poisoning in the home.
An April 30, 2010 death in Sudbury, MA happened when a generator was operated during the night in an attached garage without proper ventilation.
The following dramatization shows a home fire, an electrical short closing the garage door, a child hiding in a vehicle inside the smoke-filled garage, and the rescue of the child.
CO Is A Silent Killer
It is odorless and colorless, but lethal.
Carbon Monoxide is the most toxic substance most people will ever come into contact with in their daily lives--- in the home, at work, garage, car, and boat.
Each year in America, unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning claims more than 400 lives and sends another 20,000 people to hospital emergency rooms for treatment.
Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill you before you are aware it is in your home. At lower levels of exposure, CO causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu. These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue. The effects of CO exposure can vary greatly from person to person depending on age, overall health and the concentration and length of exposure.
Is It Simple...
The solution to potential carbon monoxide poisoning may seem too simple to believe.
All you have to do is properly ventilate a garage, following existing building codes, and avoid the temptation to treat the garage like a home----with insulation to make it snug.
Garage door insulation can be a misapplied value, because there should be proper ventilation in any area where combustible materials may be stored or used.