Performing DIY Projects Safely

If you are a homeowner, you know that there is always something that needs to be done around the house. Depending on the type of work needed, you may need the services of a handyman or contractor, to help complete the project. However, there are smaller do it yourself (DIY) jobs that you can most likely do yourself.

In this article we’ll look at how you can be safe while you work on your DIY projects, because the fact is, DIY home improvement projects can lead to a visit to the emergency room if you’re not careful. So no matter what the project is, use these helpful tips to keep your DYI project a safe one!

  1. First Aid Kit – always have a first aid kid handy as you work. You never know if or when you’ll cut or scrape your hand. Bandages and antibiotic ointment are important to prevent infection should something like this happen.
  2. Proper Attire – while some of us like to look perfect at all times, DIY home projects are not the place to show off your fancy wardrobe. Wear appropriate work clothing that will help protect your body, and leave the jewelry and watches at home. Improper attire such as loose sleeves and jewelry can become caught in small power tools and other equipment you may use on the job.
  3. Accessorize – while jewelry, watches and fancy sunglasses are a no-no, items such as safety glasses and ear plugs are a must. Protect your eyes and ears at all times!
  4. Ladder Safety – there is a common rule about the use of ladders called the 4-to-1 rule. Basically, for every four feet of the height of your ladder, there must be one foot between the bottom of the ladder and the wall or structure it’s leaning against.
  5. Power Tools – never walk away from a power tool that is running. In fact, never leave power tools plugged in if you plan to leave them out in the open, even for a few minutes. A small child or animal could potentially be injured by the tools if they’re accidentally turned on.
  6. Know Your Surroundings – before you begin your project, have a good look at the surrounding workspace and ensure that you have an adequate amount of room to work.
  7. Keep Your Workspace Clean – it’s important to keep your workspace clean and organized. This includes keeping your tools and other items stored safely when not in use.
  8. Know Your Workmates – If you have helpers on your DIY project, be sure that you are all working in coordination to avoid accidents.

As you can see, there are some basic rules of thumb to help keep you safe while you perform your DIY projects. Make safety your number one priority, and your project is sure to turn out to be a success! And if you’re unsure of whether or not you can complete the job safely on your own, give your Vancouver handyman a call for tips and advice. If you’d like some assistance with your DIY project, I offer a variety of handyman services!