The excitement of starting a home improvement project is well, exciting! You are putting your vision in motion. The products are selected and day one of the project has arrived. While it may be tempting to jump in with both hands and get to work, safety must be maintained at all times. A trip to the medical clinic or E.R. is not something we want to budget for our project.
Whether you are a pro contractor or a DIY’er, don't let a job site injury derail your goal. Below we share with you seven key safety tips so that your home improvement project can be a safe one.
1. Stay hydrated at all times.
- Home improvement work outdoors in the heat can be just as strenuous as athletic competition. Makes sure you have consumed at least 64 oz. of water 90 minutes prior to your project beginning. Hydration must occur before the project work starts and frequent water breaks need to happen to maintain proper hydration levels. Here is a great article to ensure you are properly hydrated.
2. Always be aware of your surroundings.
- Projects often have many moving parts and pieces to them. From power tools in use to materials being moved around it is important to keep a focus on what is happening around you at all times.
3. Always wear and use the proper safety equipment
- Sounds obvious however the number of times people have not put their safety glasses on when they are sitting on top of their head is too many. Eye protection is a must at all times. Eye injuries are a leading cause of medical visits on a home improvement project.
- Wear ear plugs, your hearing will thank you! Power tools might not sound too loud at the time, but soon after the project you will regret not wearing them.
- A dust mask is always recommended. Cutting, sanding and demo can stir up a lot of small particles that can have a negative effect on your breathing and long-term lung health.
- Gloves are a must! There are lots of splinters and sharp objects on the project site and your hands are the ultimate tools. Protect them so they can keep performing for you.
4. Be aware of loose Items
- Clothing, long hair, jewelry and other things can become a hazard around the job site and especially when using power tools. These items can get caught and snagged when working and that can cause serious injury.
5. Wear closed toed shoes
- Steel toe boots are ideal, but at the very minimum, closed toed shoes are a must. While simple home improvement projects may not seem like much, dropping tile, laminate or hardwood material on your feet in flip flops will serve as a quick reminder why beach footwear is not advised when tackling any type of project.
6. A hard hat is always good to keep around
- While you may not be building a 10 story building, hard hats provide needed protection when failing objects are a threat such as in the demolition phase or working in spaces where materials are being applied above eye level.
7. Don't forget the sunscreen and bug spray when working outdoors
- After a hard day’s work, a sunburn is not much of a reward and neither are bug bites. Take time to protect your skin from dangerous UV rays and critters when working outdoors. Be aware of bees and stinging insects when working around eaves and overhangs as well as around windows and door jambs.
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