Home remodeling projects are one of America’s favorite pastimes. Not only do they give you the ability to improve the look and resell value of your home, they let you put your creative skills to the test. It’s a fact that many people love to save money by embarking on home improvement projects themselves, but if you are planning your next do-it-yourself remodeling project, it is crucial to understand how to carry out the project safely. Make sure you know the following safety tips before diving into your next remodeling challenge.
Know When to Wear Safety Glasses
While some people refuse to wear safety glasses when working around the home, it may just save their eyes. Simple projects, like doing yard work or using cleaning supplies, can become dangerous when particulates and strong chemicals get into the eyes. In fact, about 2.5 million eye injuries occur in the U.S. each year due to simple household accidents. Protect your eyes and wear a quality pair of safety glasses.
Always Wear the Right Clothes
Not only can protective clothing save you from burns and lacerations, but limiting the amount of accessories you wear while working can prevent you from losing a limb. Working with machinery can be extremely dangerous. Avoid wearing dangly jewelry, including bracelets, necklaces and rings that may get tangled up in a machine. Pull your hair back and always wear long sleeves and pants that will protect your skin.
Understand How to Use a Ladder Safely
Ladders are essential for many DIY projects. Yet a ladder can spell disaster for those who do not know how to use one properly. Ladders should always stand on a level and stable surface. You should also avoid stepping on the upper two rungs of the ladder and use them strictly for supporting your upper legs. Don’t place your ladder in front of a door without first locking the door. A ladder fall can result in broken bones, lacerations or worse.
Leave Electricity to the Experts
Electrical projects are not for amateurs. The current that runs through your house is powerful enough to kill you. One simple mistake can ruin your project, destroy your home and take your life. If you are not completely sure of what you are doing, it is best to call in a professional.
Don’t Forget Your Mask
When painting or working with harmful fumes, you should always wear a mask to protect your lungs. In some situations, you may want to wear a respirator designed to filter out harmful fumes or particulates in the air. If you work around airborne particulates and fumes on a regular basis, they can damage your lungs and sinuses over time.
There is no better feeling than completing a DIY project and basking in the glory of your accomplishment. Better yet is the knowledge that you finished your project without any injuries.