How to DIY But Do It Safe!
Probably one of the biggest mistakes that a “DIYer” can make is to rush into a project without taking the time to assess not only what the job involves, but what the risks of the job might be…leading to accidents and injuries. At that point, it would probably have been much more efficient and cost effective to hire someone qualified for the job.
So many different kinds of problems can occur when proper precautions haven’t been used, such things as:
- Foreign objects getting into and damaging eyes – resulting from failure to wear safety goggle.
- Getting the shock of your life – resulting from not understanding electricity or not turning it off for the area you’re working on.
- Broken bones or sprains – resulting from not using proper safety precautions on a ladder.
- Cuts and abrasions – resulting from lack of respect for the power of a pressure washer.
Being someone who enjoys do-it-yourself can be very rewarding, and can save you money when you pay attention to…
Basic Safety Rules:
- First and foremost, assess the project and any safety hazards that could be involved.
- Assemble the right tools…makeshift tools not only do a poor job, but they could cause injuries because you’re not using them the way they were intended to be used. If you don’t have the right tool or equipment and don’t want to purchase it, rent it, it will be well worth the investment.
- Don’t be a risk taker, be safe, which includes wearing such things as safety glasses or goggles, work gloves, ear plugs and dust masks.
- Another part of being safe has to do with your appearance, it may sound funny, but it’s true.
- If you have long hair, tie it back.
- If you’re wearing jewelry, especially chains or rings, take it off.
- If your clothing is too loose, change into something that is a little more fitted.
- Ladders are no joking matter:
- Be sure your ladder is in good condition – rickety ladders should be disposed of.
- Be sure your ladder is on a solid, stable surface.
- Act as though the top 2 rungs are just for “show”, and don’t use them to get higher, instead, use a taller ladder.
- Be the only person on the ladder, and especially keep children away.
- Wear shoes that are slip resistant and clean on the bottom.
- Don’t over reach.
- When using power tools:
- Be sure the tools are in good working condition – never use tools that have damaged power cords.
- KNOW how to use the tools properly.
- Keep blades sharp.
- If the materials you are working are not part of a fixed surface, secure them with vices or clamps.
- Electrical, gas and plumbing work should probably be left to the pros.
Common Sense is good for safety
Working while you are personally in top shape…
- Be well rested and avoid working while under the influence of alcohol or medication.
- Keep your work area clean and free from distractions(kids & pets).
- Don’t rush through the steps that need to be taken for the job and don’t take short cuts.
Take the time to prepare and research and your home improvement project can be fulfilling and successful.
If your next project is a new roof, I would recommend you hire a professional roofer…
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