Spring is the season for DIY home improvements, but you are not going to save money doing projects on your own if you get hurt. That is why it is important to follow safety guidelines for home construction projects. You may need to spend a little more money, either purchasing or renting quality equipment, but your safety is worth the extra expenditure.
Even when performing a home improvement task, you want to do all you can to avoid a construction accident.
The Right Tools
You need the right tools for every project, and these tools require maintenance and care. Buy the best tools you can afford. A cheap tool wears out faster and costs more in the long run. Use the tool for its intended purpose. Not only can you damage the tool when using it for something it was not designed to do, but you can also hurt yourself.
Further, the higher quality the tool, the less chance of it being defective, and thus lessening the hazard risk.
Falls from ladders account for a large number of DIY home improvement injuries. Make sure to check the rated strength of your ladder. A Type II strength ladder serves the purpose for most DIY tasks. If you are purchasing a new ladder, look for those with plastic or rubber on the feet, as this material helps prevent slippage on hard surfaces.
Here are some basic tips for safe ladder use:
- Always have both feet and at least one hand on the ladder when in use.
- Stay at least two rungs away from the top.
- Never sit or stand on the top of the ladder.
- Keep your midsection within the side rails when reaching for something.
- Put necessary tools or paint cans on the ladder’s bucket shelf prior to climbing. Do not climb a ladder with tools in your hands.
- If using a stepladder, always open it fully and ensure the braces on both sides are locked.
Follow Instructions for Power Tools
Even if you are familiar with power tools, read the owner’s manual before using any new tool. Make sure all power tools include the right safety guards, and unplug them before making any adjustments.
Check the tool before use to make sure it is free of defects, such as a damaged power cord or a cracked housing.
Enhance your safety by dressing properly. That means wearing boots or sturdy footwear, not sandals or flips flops. Long pants instead of shorts are wise, no matter how hot it is outside. Do not forget to wear safety gloves when necessary. Safety glasses are needed not just for power tool use, but for any use of cutting tools. Invest in a hard hat if you are working underneath construction.
Projects to Avoid
Everyone has their own level of expertise when it comes to home improvement projects, and it is important to know your limitations. However, there are some projects that always require professionals and simply are not within the realm of the DIYer, for safety reasons. These include anything to do with your home’s electrical system or gas pipes. The potential for injury – or damage to your dwelling – is just too high.
Finally, if you are performing home improvement projects, make certain you put everything away when complete. The best way to avoid liability for any accidents is to prevent them from the outset.
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