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BASIC GARAGE SAFETY: STEPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR CLASSIC CAR BEFORE DISASTER STRIKES

Originally published on www.hagerty.com

Although hurricanes and floods can bring different hazards, some of the basic precautions are the same. For starters, it’s a good idea to make sure your garage is in good shape. Are the roof and siding sound, are the windows fully glazed and well caulked, and are the gutters and roof free of debris?

While you’re checking, be sure to trim shrubbery or branches and tree limbs that overhang the garage or could brush against the building in a high wind. Not only will your garage and home be safer, it will look better. Also make sure that any outside doors have deadbolts, which protect against intruders and keep high winds or flying objects from knocking doors open. As an extra precaution, make sure your house number can be easily seen from the street to ensure that emergency help can find you quickly.

If your garage is like most, in addition to your collector car, you probably have a lawnmower, tools, cleaning supplies and all kinds of lawn implements. All of these things can cause damage if they get loose due to high winds or a flood. But it’s relatively easy to reduce the risk:

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