Everyone who has worked in the construction industry understands the necessity of adhering to basic safety precautions while on the job. It could be the difference between a good or bad day at work. Safety precautions are equally crucial when working on DIY projects to personalize your home. You may be new to DIY or a seasoned handyman, either way it’s always a good idea to take a few precautions so you can work comfortably and safely.
Make sure you have enough light
Lighting may be a design concern in your home. But it’s all about safety in your shop, basement or garage. Work with bright overhead lighting that you can turn on as soon as you walk into your office. Having task lighting is also a good idea. LED shop lights are available at most home improvement stores.
Wear personal protective equipment
Wear safety glasses, hearing protection, gloves, and, in some situations, an industrial-style respirator, depending on the project and the tools you’re using. Having protective gear easily available and on hand is the best approach to ensure that you use it, thereby preventing a whole host of injuries. For example, the use of robust safety gloves is highly recommended when performing hammering jobs to prevent nail bed injuries which could require the attention of a hand surgeon. Likewise, be sure to invest in disposable earplugs, safety eyewear, disposable waterproof gloves, and other items. After that, store them in areas where you intend to work.
Don’t work tired
It goes without saying that if you’re under the influence of alcohol or medicines, you shouldn’t operate power equipment. Did you realize, though, that being overtired can cut your reaction time in half? We believe this is sufficient justification to postpone the task till you are refreshed and alert.
Paint in a well-ventilated area
Painting is, in general, one of the safer home DIY chores – remember to ventilate the space. Use fans and open windows. Consider wearing a respirator and working in shorter intervals if you’re working in a closet or an area that’s tough to ventilate.
Read the user’s manual
It may appear self-evident, and it may appear to be a chore. However, reading the instruction booklet with any new item or piece of equipment is a smart idea. It’s acceptable to watch a YouTube video or seek advice from a seasoned DIYer. Just keep in mind that not all tools and equipment are created equal. So, before you turn on that fantastic new circular saw, double-check that you understand how it works.
Keep an eye on your surroundings
When using power tools, keep youngsters and pets away from the work area. They may get under your feet and divert your attention away from the task at hand. Always disconnect your tool before making any changes, such as changing the blade on a saw. Put a warning notice on the breaker box if you switch off your home’s power to work on an electrical project, so no one accidentally turns it back on.
Always put on the proper attire for the work
It may be tempting to work in flip-flops when the sun is shining brightly, but why is risk injuring yourself? Put on closed-toe shoes, remove hanging jewelry, and tie back long hair before beginning any job that involves tools, especially power tools. It only takes a few minutes to safeguard yourself.