With more and more people building living spaces above garages, ductwork has become more prevalent in garages. This duct work need to be treated completely different than normal home supply and return ductwork. Here is the proper installation of ductwork in a garage space.
Return ductwork does not need to be insulated, but it does need to be covered for fire safety reasons with Type X fire retardant drywall. This drywall is 5/8″ thick. A simple frame around the ductwork with the type x drywall installed around it will be sufficient. Make sure that all of the seams are tapes and mudded.
Once the smoke detectors are in place and an escape plan smoothed out, there’s more to consider. What about the valuables that can’t be trucked out of a home at a moments notice? Here’s where fireproof safes, the ones rated to handle very high temperatures, can really help.
Do you know the water plug? It is a fire protection tool. The main function of the water plug is to control the inflammable matter and eliminate ignition source.
Tragedies often happen when survivors of a fire go back to the burning house to save someone else. Instill in your children to never return inside the house under any circumstances even if a member of the family or a pet is still missing. Report this to the professional firefighters to avoid further injuries or deaths.
In planning for an escape route for your family, it is important to have two methods to escape in each part of the house. This is done in the likelihood that your other exit is blocked or bursting in flames. Remind the children to never to leave things that can obstruct passageway to an exit. Fire safety techniques also include teaching children how to cover their face and use a towel in grabbing items to prevent burning themselves.
These types of roofing materials are good alternatives to wood shake. Especially if you live in an area that may be a fire hazard it is a smart idea to look into other types of roofing. Check with your insurance agent and see if there are laws governing the kinds of materials you use. It is always better to go for safety over appearance when it comes to making sure your roof stays over your head and not in a pile of ash.