Over 67% of people report feeling uncomfortable with DIY projects, and part of this is because they don’t go according to plan.
This doesn’t mean you can’t be a DIY pro. But there are safety considerations to familiarize yourself with before tearing into the kitchen walls, for example.
If you fail to familiarize yourself with your power tools or you don’t protect your eyes, the project could end badly for you. Even if you don’t think you’ll use it, having a fire extinguisher nearby is a good idea as well.
These are only a few things that you should consider. Check out this handy home improvement guide to learn more.
1. Don’t Go Out of Your Comfort Zone
When it comes to DIY home improvements, there are plenty of things that you can tackle. You can paint your kitchen cabinets, replace the handles on your drawers, and even do some minor electrical work if you’re experienced with it.
Extra emphasis on experienced.
If you don’t feel comfortable installing drop ceiling tiles, you should allow the professionals to take care of it. The same goes for your electrical and plumbing.
You’ve got to recognize when you’re out of your league. There are certain things that you shouldn’t do, like work on your home’s gas line. If you’re not careful, it could end in disaster and fire.
2. Always Be Aware of Your Surroundings
If you want to have a safe DIY, you’ll need to stay aware of your surroundings at all times. Let’s say that you’re working with paint, if you don’t keep the room well ventilated, you could make yourself sick.
The last thing you want is for your children and pets to sneak into your work area. If you don’t notice them enter the room, they could get hurt.
If you’re doing work on your roof, always keep an eye on the weather. The rain will make things slippery pretty fast. You may be interested in hiring a mason to make sure the job is done professionally and safely. Some things you can do yourself if you have the training but some require the use of a Mason.
3. Keep Your Work Area Clean
A work area is only as safe as you make it. No matter how careful you are, if you create a bunch of hazards for yourself, you can get hurt.
Don’t let your power cords get tangled. Don’t leave your power tools in the middle of the floor.
Before working with lumber, check it over for nails, and pull them out of the boards if you find them.
4. Prepare Your Tools
If you’re going to be using box cutters and drills, sharpen them before you get started with your project. You don’t want to work with dull tools because it will require you to use more force.
The more force you have to use to cut a board, the more dangerous the job gets. Check your tools over for damage before you turn them on.
Invest in high-quality tools, and only use them for what they’re intended to be used for. To familiarize yourself with how to use your drills and saws, skim the user manual before you dive into your project.
5. Dress for Success
Don’t wear flip-flops when dealing with heavy equipment. They offer nothing in terms of protection. Work boots are the way to go.
Shorts are also a no-go. Long pants only.
Slip-on a pair of work gloves before you get started. They will protect your hands from sharp tools.
Safety glasses will prevent wood shavings from getting into your eyes. Don’t wear jewelry when dealing with heavy machinery, and if you have long hair, tie it up.
6. Position Your Ladder the Right Way
If you need to do some work on your roof or paint your two-story house, you’re going to need a ladder. When climbing, the general rule of thumb is to keep things balanced. If you lean, you’ll fall.
Don’t step on one of the top two rungs. Those are for holding on to as you step onto your roof.
Before you get on your ladder, make sure that it’s on a flat surface. The last thing you want is for the ladder to fall over while you’re using it.
7. Know the Ins and Outs of Lead-Based Paint
Handling lead-based paint can be dangerous. Pregnant women and children should stay out of the house until you get rid of it.
You don’t want the paint to get on your skin. Wear gloves, long sleeves, and a respirator when you’re stripping it away from your home.
8. Keep a Fire Extinguisher on Hand
It doesn’t matter if you’re using fire-proof materials, you need to have a fire extinguisher with you.
You can’t always use water to kill flames. In fact, if you’ve got a grease, electrical, or chemical fire on your hands, using water can be dangerous.
Learn how to use a fire extinguisher. It’s the only thing that works 100% of the time when a fire breaks out.
9. Invest in a First Aid Kit
You’re cutting a chunk of wood when you slice into your finger. Luckily, the cut isn’t too deep, but you’re going to need a bandage.
You don’t want to have to wander around your home with a bleeding finger to find something to wrap it up. Keep a first aid kit near your work area.
Safety Considerations to Take to Heart Before Starting a Home Improvement Project
When you need work done around your home, you can save some money by handling the job yourself. Before you get started on your project, it’s important to take certain precautions.
If you ignore basic safety considerations, you could get seriously injured. Don’t let that happen to you!
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- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.