Knowing how to properly handle and store various automotive fluids can be an important concern. Whether it’s placing vehicles in long-term storage or just finding ways to free up storage space within the garage, knowing how to properly store motor oil, engine coolant and various other products and liquids can make a difference. The following tips can help to ensure proper storage of all products and automotive fluids, and may be especially helpful for garage owners who find themselves struggling to maintain a safe, clean environment.
1. Safe Storage of Flammable Liquids
There are a number of automotive fluids that are flammable. Even products that are used to clean and detail vehicles may pose a fire or safety risk if stored improperly. All flammable products need to be kept in a secure container and stored in an environment that will not expose them to excessive heat. Even rags and cloth that have come into contact with flammable automotive fluid can pose a safety hazard in the event that they are improperly stored. High ambient temperatures or potential exposure to electricity and open flames may constitute an extreme safety hazard when it comes to storing gasoline and other flammable automotive liquids.
2. Storing Toxic Fluids
Fire hazards are not the only safety risks that may be created by improper storage. There are many fluids used to maintain vehicles that may be highly toxic if ingested. Engine coolant especially can pose a significant risk to small children and household pets if handled improperly. In order to minimize the risk of engine fluids and cleaning agents that may be toxic, all product need to be placed in a sealed container that has been clearly marked and any liquids that may be spilled during use need to be cleaned up promptly.
3. Keeping Fluids Free of Contaminants
Brake fluids and engine lubricants that have become contaminated due to improper storage could cause any number of potential problems. Keeping fluids unsealed or pouring excess liquids into a dirty container can allow many impurities and contaminants to find their way into a vehicle’s engine, breaks or other subsystem. Dirt, grit and other particulate that has contaminated motor oil or break fluid may need to be disposed of should it become unsafe for use.
4. Maintaining a Safe and Orderly Workspace
Ensuring that all automotive liquids are kept in an appropriate container and stored out of the way helps to free up valuable work space. A neat and orderly garage space or other storage environment can also be safer as properly stored liquids are much less likely to leak, spill or create fall hazards. Finding shelf space or room in cabinets that offer the right environment and conditions can go a long way towards ensuring liquids can be stored without issue.