How Can I Childproof My Garage?

Blue Sky Builders garage child safetyThe safety and well-being of children are likely to be the primary concerns of any parent or guardian. Whether you already have a child or may be a parent soon, taking the time to childproof your home can be important. However, one area that many parents may overlook is the garage. Items that are often stored in a garage, such as tools, machinery, cars, chemicals, and appliances can be very dangerous. If you are considering a garage renovation project, you should talk to an experienced garage professional to ensure that any safety concerns are addressed.

Assessing Your Garage

What may seem safe to an adult can pose an inherent risk to a young child. It is important to look through your garage and take note of any safety issues that may be prevalent or issues that might be outside the norm. When trying to determine what could be dangerous, these questions may help narrow things down:
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How to Prevent Fires in Your Garage

Blue Sky Builders garage fire preventionMany garages serve as in-home storage facilities where families keep items that are used outside or which cannot fit inside their home. Whether it be a car, summer toys, or old family photographs, garages are a great place to store things. However, many people also place dangerous chemicals and combustible materials inside of their garages. Sometimes, machinery such as a garage door or other garage hardware can create friction or sparks, which can lead to a fire. Because of this potential danger, it is wise to take steps to prevent a possible fire in your garage. Read more

How In-Garage Delivery Options Can Improve Security and Convenience

Blue Sky Builders garage door opener delivery accessThe world of garage door installation has gotten much more exciting in recent years. Most of us are used to being able to open our garage doors through a short-range wireless remote that operates an electric garage door opener. However, many garage door openers are now able to connect with smartphones and home wifi systems, allowing you to open and close your garage door remotely. This technology has now taken another step forward by allowing some home delivery services to have temporary access to open your garage door and store your deliveries safely inside your garage when you are away. Read more

Avoiding Hidden Dangers When Your Garage Door Is Your Primary Entrance

Garage door home entranceYour home may have an inviting and even luxurious front entry, but how much is it used? For most families today, the garage door is not only the largest door in their home, but it is also the most used. For many, the only people who use the front door at all are strangers, delivery people, and those visiting the home for the first time, and everyone else comes into the home through the garage. When this is the case, you can keep everyone safe by following these tips: Read more

Getting Your Garage Ready for the Spring

Blue Sky Builders garage tips for springSpring is now here, which means that it is time for many people to think about how to get their garages ready for the upcoming warmer weather. In the Chicago and DuPage County area, the weather was very cold during the winter, and this may have resulted in a variety of issues which may need to be resolved, such as cracked caulking on a garage door or the invasion of unwanted creatures. Here are some tips on how to get your garage in order this spring: Read more

How to Set Up Your Garage for an Electric Car

Blue Sky Builders electric car charging garageElectric cars are becoming more and more common, and they provide their owners with a number of benefits, including efficient use of energy and savings on fuel. As electric cars continue to evolve to suit a market that wants to conserve energy, many people are considering purchasing one of these vehicles. However, before making the move away from a gas-powered car, it is important to understand the changes which will need to be made to your garage to accommodate an electric vehicle. Read more

Looking Back at Garage Tips for 2017

Blue Sky Builders Best Garage Tips of 20172017 was a great year for garage owners in the Chicago and DuPage County area, and at Blue Sky Builders, we shared a wide variety of tips on how to maintain and clean your garage, keep pests away, make changes or renovations, and much more. As we begin the new year, this is a good chance to look back at some of our best blogs from the past year and use their insights as you prepare your garage for the upcoming seasons. Read more

Preventing a Turkey Fryer Fire in Your Garage This Thanksgiving

Blue Sky Builders Garage Fire Safety on ThanksgivingTomorrow is Thanksgiving, and most families will be enjoying a traditional turkey dinner that they have spent several weeks planning. In recent years, deep frying turkeys has become more common, and some people feel that it is much easier than baking their meal in the oven for at least three hours. While a turkey prepared in a fryer will have crispy skin and sealed juices, and the cooking process only takes about 45 minutes, people should be aware of the risk of fire that comes with frying their turkey. If you are planning to fry a turkey in your garage this Thanksgiving, here are some safety tips that you should follow: Read more

How to “Winterize” Your Garage

Blue Sky Builders preparing your garage for winterWinter is coming, and now is the perfect time to get ready for the cold months. In the Chicago area and DuPage County, the weather can abruptly change, and temperatures can vary wildly from day to day. Because of these frequent changes, anything can happen in your garage during the winter months. Here are some ways to prepare your garage for winter so that it will still be in working order by spring: Read more

How to Get Opossums Out of Your Garage Before Winter

Blue Sky Builders tips for keeping opossums away from your garageTo some people, opossums can be among the cutest creatures in the whole world. To others, an opossum’s long face is enough to scare them away. No matter what you may think of opossums, they can wreak havoc on your garage, especially in the winter. To have peace of mind during this bitter cold season in the Chicago area and the DuPage County suburbs, it is best to follow some precautions so that you do not have to deal with the challenges that come with harboring furry creatures in your garage. Read more