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Home Improvement DIY Safety Tips

As people across the world adapt to the coronavirus pandemic, many of us confined to home have surely attempted to tackle DIY (do-it-yourself) home improvement projects. However, even with all the glam and fun, it is essential to note that most DIY projects can actually be dangerous if you don’t take the right precautions. Each year, thousands of people end up in emergency rooms from accidents that occurred while performing various home improvement tasks. So, whether you're painting, putting in a sunroom or just fiddling around the garage, you must make safety your top priority.

So, to that effect, here are some tips to help you reduce the risks and enjoy your fun, home project moment:

1. Research

This may sound like elementary advice, but it is the most crucial one; research your DIY projects thoroughly before diving into it. You must carefully plan the job before you start to do anything. Read the labels on all project materials you buy, and pay particular attention to the safety directions. Just because you think your sixth-sense of home-improvement instincts might be kicking in, doesn’t mean that you can skip the part. You might be surprised how many accidents could be avoided just by checking out the directions before diving into a DIY project. The Internet is a great source for guidance where you can tap for additional information and support when it comes to home improvement. The more you know, the safer you and your family will be!

2. Wear Proper Attire

No need to make a fashion statement while doing home improvement, so be practical and sensible concerning your attire. No one is judging your fashion sense. There should be a strict dress-code for your home renovations. Avoid flip-flops, heels or unstable shoes and shorts. Wearing shorts or going barefoot in areas where things get hot or break can cause many problems. Also, refrain from wearing jewelry or any clothing with loose, free-flowing sleeves that may potentially get caught in equipment. The lesson here is to dress for the task and take your wardrobe seriously. Sturdy clothing, protective composite toe work boots, and gloves will protect you for most DIY projects. Close-toed shoes, long pants, gloves and headgear should be considered non-negotiable attire.

3. Use Tools Safely

This should go without saying, but reacquaint yourself with the proper use of your tools before starting your project and always use the right tools for the right job. It is worth investing in high quality equipment as this will be safer and will probably do the job better. When deciding to use any power tool, it is wise to make sure you follow all precautions stated in the manual. Always unplug the appliance before you adjust it. When using a power drill, unplug the drill before fitting parts and remove the chuck key before switching it on. When done with the task, always grab the plug instead of the wire when disconnecting the cord. Before leaving the area, unplug all power tools and store them out of reach of children and pets.

These simple tips will help reduce the likelihood of encountering a dangerous accident and should give you peace of mind as you set about any DIY home projects.

Feel free to share any safety tips and stories you have below!  😀