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DIY A-OK: Stay Safe Completing Home Improvements

Chloe Harwood
Written by Chloe Harwood

Now that winter is coming and you are likely to be wanting to spend more hours indoors, it is the ideal time to complete some home improvement tasks. However, your most important consideration should be staying safe while you are completing any DIY work. If something seems too big and complicated to attempt yourself, you should be very wary of it. So, let’s take a closer look at some common safety advice which can help to keep you protected.

Know Your Tools

Before attempting to wield any tools, you should be completely confident that you know how to use them. The instruction manual should give you some more detail on this, and you can also find a raft of useful information online including ‘how to’ videos. A good rule of thumb to follow when you are operating power tools is to never hold them by one hand. If you can get a demonstration from someone who knows what they are doing, all the better.

Always Wear the Appropriate Safety Gear

Safety gear is there to protect your health and wellbeing, so you should always ensure that you are wearing it when you are using tools. Some activities like welding can be particularly risky, so check out https://www.weldingoutfitter.com/collections/welding-helmets to find the appropriate equipment. Safety goggles and gloves are two standard pieces of equipment which are useful for a whole host of tasks. Ear protection is important for using loud power tools, and you should always ensure that you are wearing some sturdy footwear as well.

Keep a First Aid Kit on Standby

No matter how careful you are, there is always a chance that you will sustain some injury which requires patching up. The last thing that you want to be doing is rooting around to find your first aid kit after you have already sustained the injury, so make sure that it is within easy reach in case anything goes wrong.

Be Careful When Using Ladders

Different ladders are suited to different jobs, so make sure that you are using the right one. If it is an A-frame ladder, ensure that it is locked in the open position and placed on a flat surface. On the other hand, if you are leaning it against a vertical surface, you will have peace of mind if someone is at the bottom holding it for you. Many injuries occur when people are trying to overextend their reach. You are much better off climbing down and moving it rather than risking falling off. More safety advice can be found on http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to/a9631/dont-be-an-idiiot-how-to-use-any-kind-of-ladder-safely-16123359/

Set Your Limits

As we mentioned at the start, you need to be well-aware of your limits and listen to that warning voice in your head if you think that a task is simply too difficult to attempt yourself. If you have a contact who knows what they are doing, this is your best opportunity to learn some skills first-hand so you feel more comfortable completing the task in the future. 

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Chloe Harwood

Chloe Harwood