Safety Tips for the DIY Contracting
With budgets low and expectations high for the quality and upkeep of your home, many have opted for DIY projects in the home. With this in mind, there are a few tips that are suggested by the National Home Builders Association to keep your from having at-home mishaps.
1. Use proper safety goggles and equipment to ensure you protect your eyes and other parts of your body during DIY projects. This will make a happy and healthy homeowner.
2. Use a ladder for hard to reach places and make sure it is used properly. Make sure you are well grounded before getting onto the ladder, so that you may prevent falls and/or injuries.
3. Use power tools properly! Make sure when they are not in use that they are turned off and stored in it’s proper location. This will prevent injury to yourself and others including small children.
4. Clean up your area thoroughly after your work is completed. Make sure to wear a mask when cleaning up dust or dirt to prevent inhalation of chemicals or dust.
5. Wear a hard hat and gloves when appropriate to reduce the chance of contact with your skin with harmful chemicals. Also, wear appropriate clothing to prevent contact, such as long shirt or pants.
6. STAY HYDRATED! Make sure that when you are working inside or outside that you drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. It will help to prevent dehydration and reduce the risk of heat exhaustion or stroke.
Be sure to follow these tips when attempting various DIY projects around the home. When in doubt, or you question your repairs, ALWAYS contact a professional immediately. It will save you money in the long run.