Improving the look and feel of your home can be a lot of fun, especially if you are a do-it-yourselfer that looks forward to projects around the home. However, accidents can happen to anyone and you may be more vulnerable during a home improvement project just because of additional clutter or you may be using tools you haven’t used before. Read the following for tips on how to keep you and your family safe during home improvement projects.
Read the Directions
All too often, accidents happen because people didn’t take the time to read the directions first. Whether you are using a new power tool or mixing a compound, the directions and safety instructions are there for a reason. When working with chemicals, it is important to know which ones may be flammable or unable to be mixed with other chemicals.
Taking just a moment to read the directions could prevent serious accidents and it could also prevent mistakes that could affect your home improvement project. When working with power tools, if you find you need to clear a jam or troubleshoot for any reason, be sure and unplug the tool first. Turning it off isn’t safe enough because the on/off switch could accidently be moved as you move the tool around, causing a serious accident. Take just a moment to unplug the tool first and keep everyone safe.
Clean up After Yourself
Leaving broken glass, nails, rusty or not, and chemicals, stray boards, or any other debris lying around is an invitation for a nasty accident. Even if you are the only one around, it is wise to clean up after yourself as soon as possible. If there are young children who could wander into the area, it is imperative that you maintain a safe environment and remove anything that could cause harm.
Use Safety Equipment
It’s important to use safety equipment when renovating your home, even if you are just doing small projects. Safety goggles are recommended for a wide variety of home improvement projects and for good reason. Chemicals and other debris can cause irreparable damage to the eyes so don’t skip this important safety step. Also, many power tools come equipped with guards and this is to protect you so don’t allow these to be taken off or not used by anyone who may be using them.
Take Care When Mixing Chemicals
Often, a variety of chemicals are used in home renovation and home improvement projects. It is imperative that you read the directions when using any chemicals and make sure it is safe to mix chemicals before you do so. Some chemicals cannot be mixed with certain other chemicals; doing so can have deadly results so it is crucial that you know it is safe before you mix one chemical with another.