We all want to get our home projects done and out the way as quickly as possible. We’re probably under pressure to do so. However, being safe when repairing or improving our homes is an important consideration too.
Here are some quick tips to stay safe while being handy.
Tackle the Tasks That Your Feel Safe Completing
Take a realistic look at what each home improvement task entails and whether you’ll feel safe doing them all. Letting your ego get in the way of making a sensible decision about your personal safety is not smart.
If some tiles need replacing on the roof and heights are not your thing or you have gotten vertigo in the past, hire someone to fix the roof. It’s true that you can take measures to make it safer by having someone hold the ladder for you when you climb up and down while wearing a safety harness. But even so, you have to know your limits.
If you see how contractors are dressed, they’re not wearing boardshorts and flip-flops while putting in the hours on home improvements.
If you’ll be using heavy tools, protect your toes and feet from an accidentally dropped power tool. Also, if anything is overhead and could fall – including you – wear a construction hat that’s secured at all times to protect yourself.
When painting or using any kind of power tool, be aware of what can come out of the spot you’re working on. If you’re drilling holes, some of the material that you’re drilling into will escape the hole and fly towards you at considerable speed. Use protective goggles just in case.
Clean Up on a Daily Basis
The area where you’re working needs to be made safe on a daily basis.Debris accumulates during the day as you work andeven simple things like wood chippings on the floor can create a slipping hazard. Take a break to remove these kinds of things as they build up to prevent accidents.
Lay down some non-slip canvas dropcloths which are several times grippier than regular canvas ones. Seek out drop cloths that lay over floors and furniture to keep them cleaner. This way, you don’t have to worry about tracking dirt or debris into the carpet or progressively ruining your flooring because you didn’t think about its condition after the home improvements were completed.
Sharpen Your Tools
While sharper blades and drill bits might sound more dangerous, when used with care they’re actually safer. This is because a dull drill bit going into a wall is more likely to slip out of position. That slippage that results in a failure to penetrate the wall due to lack of sharpness can easily slip across to your supporting hand and cut it. Duller tools also require the exertion of greater force, making them more likely to slip out of position too.
Most homeowners’ complete projects at home without incident. When paying attention to safety, this is much easier to do.