Follow these 5 Tips for DIY Home Improvement Safety. There’s nothing like planning and executing your own DIY Home Improvement project. It can give you satisfaction and pride knowing that you did it yourself while saving money and increasing your handiness IQ. But Safety should be your #1 Priority
Doing your own home improvements, repairs and renovations can result in accidents if proper measures aren’t taken. However, if you follow these five basic safety rules you should be out of harm’s way and you won’t just be proud of your project, but you’ll have fun doing it.
- DIY Research: Learn about the materials you’re going to use, and only use them properly after you’ve thoroughly researched them, read any instructions they came with, etc. Read those labels and consider any safety tips you might find there. This goes for any DIY project, ranging from simple home repair projects to other complex ones involving pumping and electrical wires (be sure to consult a specialist before starting any of more tricky projects.)
- Protection: It may be more comfortable to go without, but don’t sacrifice your safety for comfort! If you decided to spray paint that old dresser, for example, don’t forget to put on gloves, safety goggles and a mask! You’ll be thankful you don’t have to wash the paint off your hands and that you don’t feel sick from inhaling the harmful paint vapors. Not-so-fun fact: over 1.2 million yearly eye injuries in the US happen at home. Wearing safety goggles may seem like too much of a fuss, but it’s worth it. And no, your regular eyeglasses won’t serve as protection – they might actually shatter and cause even more damage.
- Dress Safe: You don’t have to wear a full protective suit for every project, but there are still things you need to keep in mind. For example, jewelry, long hair and long sleeves can become hazardous around things that spin (such as a saw). Similarly, it’s better not to wear shorts or be barefoot when there’s a risk of objects breaking around you. Dress according to the project at hand and you won’t be sorry.
- Fire Extinguishers: If you don’t already own one, this is one of the main “tools” you should invest in, along with a first aid kit. You absolutely must have a fire extinguisher on hand during DIY home improvement or repair projects because water just won’t do it! Place the extinguishers in different rooms of the house, including the garage, and make sure they’re periodically checked.
- Slow & Clean: Be patient with your DIY home project. Your house will thank you for it. Begin by cleaning your work space, and make sure it’s well lit. Continue by working slowly, as rushing may often lead to preventable accidents. Leave the speedy and time-efficient home improvement practices to the professionals: we’re trained to be able to execute our trades quickly and safely and to the highest standards of quality. You should focus your DIY project on the last two. Slow and steady, with attention to safety and quality, is the best way to achieve the results looking for when doing home projects yourself. When you’re done, clean your tools and put them all away. Use a locked cabinet, if possible, to keep your curious children from accidentally getting their hands on a utility knife or a box of nails.
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