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3 Steps To Make Your Diy Projects Safer

DIY or Do-it-Yourself projects have become increasingly popular among people as a means of making their living spaces more enjoyable, reducing stress and saving money. In fact per the (Home Improvement Research Institute) over 60% of homeowners have undertaken DIY projects for various reasons.

Safety during DIY will ensure you can enjoy your projects stress-free. Here are some simple steps to guide you during your DIY projects.

Fall Prevention:

Falls from ladders are one of the most common injuries faced by DIYers.

  1. Firstly, make sure to choose the correct ladder for your project. Keep in mind that a person’s maximum safe reaching height on a ladder is approximately 4 inches higher than the height of a ladder so make sure to measure the height you will need to reach and buy a ladder accordingly.
  2. Also never ever stand on your tiptoes or above the maximum safety step on a ladder as this will increase the chance of slipping and injuring yourself.
  3. Make sure to put the ladder on a firm even, non slick surface and ensure it fully locks before stepping on it.
  4. Do not carry tools when climbing a ladder as you could easily lose balance and have the tools fall on top of you which could cause further damage.
  5. Always maintain three points of contact when climbing or descending a ladder(both hands and one foot at a time for example) to maintain your balance.

Power Tool Safety:

Power tool injuries account for over 400,000 emergency visits each year. Many of them result from unsafe use. Here are some common safety steps to ensure you use them correctly.

  1. Eye and Ear Protection: When using power tools always wear safety goggles or glasses. These are especially important because the speed at which small particles fly is accelerated and cause significant injury if glasses are not worn. Ear protection is essential for extended use of power tools to minimize hearing damage from protracted use.
  2. Avoid Loose Fitting Clothing: DO NOT wear loose fitting clothing, neck chains or scarves around power tools as these can easily get caught in the mechanism and cause serious and potentially fatal injuries.
  3. Avoid Use in Wet Conditions: For electric power tools in particular, wet conditions can cause electrocution as water will conduct electricity which will lead to electric shock and potentially electrocution. Keep yourself safe and DO NOT use power tools in wet conditions.
  4. DO NOT use damaged or defective tools: Saving a little bit of money on repairs could end up costing your life. NEVER use damaged or defective power tools as these can easily cause major injuries.
  5. FOCUS on the task at hand. Do not rush what you are doing and ensure you are careful when operating the tool. If you are feeling tired or exhausted avoid using power tools.

Power tools offer enhanced efficiency but also increased danger because of the speed at which they operate. Therefore it is vital to follow adequate safety steps to minimize serious injury.

Personal Protective Equipment:

Personal Protective Equipment is your last line of defence against physical hazards when doing DIY projects. Depending upon the type of project you are undertaking, make sure to get the appropriate safety equipment to minimize injuries.

  1. For woodworking projects wear dust masks to prevent sawdust and other toxic fumes from reaching your lungs and causing respiratory issues.
  2. For stick welding wear flame resistant gloves with appropriate insulation to minimize burns from radiant heat as well as wearing safety glasses to prevent UV radiation from damaging your eyes.
  3. For painting projects use lead-free paint to prevent lead poisoning. Also wear a mask and work in a well ventilated area to ensure you are protected from inhaling dangerous chemicals.
  4. For projects involving the use of moving and rotating equipment avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing and jewelry as these can easily get caught and cause serious injury
  5. Wearing steel-toed boots when doing home repairs or building projects can protect you from impact related injuries such as falling objects.

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