It’s almost time to commence work on your next DIY project at home and you are excited. You’ve budgeted, taken time to get all the right tools and materials, and have your weekend blocked off to begin…but maybe you’ve forgotten about one of the most important aspects of home projects: your safety.
If you are contemplating a home remodel or DIY project, there are a few important safety practices you should keep in mind before you begin. Since most homeowners starting DIY home improvement projects tend to put all their focus on the budget and look, hazards and safety often come last or are overlooked.
Here are the 7 best safety tips and practices to help keep your next DIY project running smoothly until the very end.
Tip #1: Use Protective Gear
- Wear gloves. This will prevent you from getting a rash or burn from chemicals, paint, cleaning supplies, etc. They also will prevent your hands from slipping while working or holding equipment, which could cause a severe injury.
- Use protective eyewear. Safety glasses and goggles will help prevent any debris, dust, and other irritants from getting in your eye while you work.
- Wear earplugs. Your ears are more sensitive than you think, so make sure to wear earplugs if using a loud power tool, vacuum, or machinery to avoid permanent damage to your ears.
Tip #2: Be Careful with Power Tools
Every year in the US, power tool injuries account for nearly 400,000 emergency room visits, including both work and non-work-related incidents. More than 22,000 of these accidents involve nail guns. While it can be exciting to start a new project, make sure you have read up on how to use the tools you own or rent. Power tools are a necessity when it comes to home improvements, just proceed with respect and caution for the equipment.
- Make sure your power tool is powered down before you plug it in.
- Make sure all guards are in place.
- Don’t rush your project or do more than you can handle at once.
- Wear protective gear when using power tools.
- Make sure the tool you are using is right for the job you are doing.
Tip #3: Have Good Lighting
Poor lighting can cause you to overlook actions, trip over items, or injure yourself. Always make sure the area you are working has proper lighting for the job you are doing.
Tip #4: Keep a Clean Workspace
Making sure to clean up your workspace every day in order to keep things tidy and to help avoid any accidents that may occur from leaving items out. Sweep or vacuum up sawdust and other debris off the floor to keep yourself from slipping and falling on it. Put away power tools, especially if you live with children. Same goes for harsh chemicals and paints.
Tip #5: Use Ladders Safely
When using a ladder, always make sure to position it on a flat, firm surface. If you climb or reach on the ladder, center your weight at all times. Maintain at least three points of contact at all times. Never stand on the top two rungs or lean to one side. If you are on an extension ladder in order to reach your roof, extend at least two rungs above the eaves. This way, you can hold onto the ladder as you step onto the roof.
Tip #6: Keep a First-Aid Kit Near
Unfortunately, accidents can happen no matter how careful we are. Even if it is not an ER worthy injury, you want to make sure you take care of it right away.
Keeping a first-aid kit in your work area will make sure that if anything should happen, you can either stop it right there or get yourself as safe as can be before you have to head to the doctor. No one wants these things to happen, but planning for them will make sure you are prepared no matter what.
Tip #7: Tackle Only What You Can Handle
Dreaming big on a project is normal and we all have huge goals for ourselves and our homes, but always know your limitations during your projects. For many people, it is hard to admit we need help or are a bit in over our heads, but doing so will keep you from doing the project wrong or worse, being seriously injured.
If you don’t understand instructions, how to use a certain power tool or need a second pair of hands, take a break and get the adequate training or help so you can finish your DIY project in the most safe manner possible.
Plan For Your Next DIY Project
Buying tools and machinery can be costly for a DIY job. One simple project can cost far more than you anticipate if you have to purchase every piece of equipment needed to finish it. That’s why one solution many DIYers are opting for is equipment rentals.
Elephant Construction Solutions offers homeowners, contractors, and construction firms alike the ability to rent equipment for any project. Whether you need to rent power tools for your next big project, or even scaffolding or power generators, we have everything you need.
Contact us today for your free quote and get all the equipment you will need to get your home DIY projects completed quickly and within your budget.