Whether you are handling heavy and sharp machines at work or home, there are always risks associated with managing such equipment. At any one point, there can be numerous hazards that you need to be aware of including falling off a ladder, slipping off the roof, electrical shocks or cuts from power tools.
By taking some precautions, you can mitigate these risks, thus protecting you and your family from any harm. With that in mind, below are some simple yet vital safety tips that will help you avoid any unnecessary and avoidable accidents.
Safeguard Your Family from DIY Home Project Related Accidents with These Simple Safety Tips
They say prevention is better than cure and when dealing with DIY home projects, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Here are some of the preventive measures you can take:
#01. Accessorize with Some Safety Equipment
Make sure that you put on protective glasses to protect your eyes from debris, and if you are working with a loud power tool, wear earplugs to minimize damage to your ears.
#02. Be Practical about Your Attire; You Are Not in A Reality TV Show
You need to nix the fashion statement. Make sure you do not put on any leather or metallic watches, bracelets or clothing with long, loose sleeves; they can get caught in moving parts of power tools and other equipment and you do not want to lose your fingers now, do you?
You should ensure you put on the right kind of work shoes. Work shoes prevent your feet from getting hurt in the process of your project. In general, composite toe work boots are a good option for most DIY projects.
#03. Ensure You Utilize the 4-to-1 Rule for Proper Ladder Placement
Improper ladder placement has been the cause of almost 20% of DIY home accidents. So, make sure that for every four feet in ladder height, the bottom of the ladder is one foot away from the object or wall it is leaning against.
Therefore ensure that you carefully go through the warning labels and instructions before using the ladder. These directions will help you identify the right ladder for the job in question, and it also shows you both ladder height and weight limits.
You also need to make that sure your ladder is long enough and sufficiently welded to hold the weight for the task at hand.
#04. Be Keenly Aware of Your Surroundings
If you have a group project, make sure you all know where each one of you is working to prevent accidents or injuries. Also, beware of those that enter your workspace, and make sure children are out of the house, maybe ask your partner to pop them in their stroller and go for a walk.
#05. Keep A Safety Kit Handy
Smart and keen DIYers understand that it is essential to have a first aid kit within their reach. It allows you to be ‘on your toes’ so that you address any scrapes, scratches or bumps incurred during your home renovation project.
#06. Dispose of Waste, Rubble and Unused Materials Wisely
Waste management is a bit of a buzz word at the moment. But for larger projects it becomes an important part of your planning. Disposing of hazardous material or building rubble needs to be handled by a professional skip hire company that operates in your area. Additionally, it is important to make sure that the area where you have been busy is thoroughly cleaned and vacuumed to remove all debris including loose nails, and any sharp scraps that may have been discarded.
Even though making sure that safety is your priority when working on DIY home projects sounds a bit cliché, it is a no-brainer.
So, be sure to keep your work zone clean and free from any unnecessary clutter and debris, store your power tools in a civilized manner, wear the proper safety gear and follow all manufacturers’ directions. When you follow these simple yet relevant rules to the letter, you will have a fun and accident-free time working on your home project with your family.