There are few sensations that compare to the freedom felt by doing an improvement project on your home by yourself. Even when almost anyone can tackle most of easy jobs to do at home in order to make an upgrade or repair in a space of your own, there’s a reason for the existence of professionals.
Every project that includes working with power tools, hazardous materials, sharp blades, standing on heights, wiring or gas piping is synonym of risks and safety is not something to be taken for granted. But the goal of this article isn’t to discourage you from putting hands to work but to give you the best tips in order to work on them the safest way possible, so pay attention.
- Don’t bite more than you can chew: This popular saying applies to those projects that might seem overwhelming, or those that don’t let you work comfortably. It’s understandable, because hanging a portrait with a nail is different to repair a broken clay tile on your roof, so leave the big projects to the professionals.
- Be tidy: This includes having an organized working area (with untangled cords, sharp and power tools stored properly and hazardous materials as well) and the proper outfit (work boots, gloves and thick sturdy clothing will protect you, safety glasses are a must-wear if you’re working with cutting or power tools and the same goes to hard helms if working under a construction).
- Laziness is not an option: This doesn’t refer to physical laziness but to mental one that can appear when it comes to reading a manual. No one knows the cautions one has to be aware of than the manufacturer of a power tool, and there is where they are written.
- Be sharp: This tip goes to your drill bits, cutters and blades. A dull one can be dangerous as they need extra force.
- Stay firm: When working on a ladder, make sure its base is set on a firm and flat surface and to not lay your weight in one of the sides.
- It’s always nice to think twice: A bunch of situations might give you a sign that this project might be too much risk and unworthy to take. For example, it’s impossible to work on a roof when there’s bad weather approaching your home.Don’t work with gas pipes if you’re not an expert, there is flammable fluid running through those things, so the safest move is check for leaks (without a flame!!) and call a professional.
- Avoid electrical shocks: If you’re working with electricity, turn it off on the main panel before starting and always employ a tester to check if there’s current flowing through the piece of wiring you’re working on. Also, protect your tools with GFCI receptacles.
Expect something to happen: Even when we’re trying our best to avoid catastrophes, it’s better to count with a complete first aid kit or a fire extinguisher at hand.