Safety First for Home Improvement: The Basics
Home Improvement is a very common thing which anyone of us usually does, or tries to do at least once. We all know that from time to time, or when we decide to start with DIY jobs we are dealing with a lot of different home improvements. And of course anyone can do it, but we need some knowledge.
DIY home improvement is cheaper because we don’t have to pay other people for jobs that we can do. But, it is not that simple, I mean it can be simple if we know what we are doing. We all know that the most of the injuries happen because we are not skilled for what we are doing, and when we are not careful. DIY injuries are very common and we have to be sure to do everything in the right way if we don’t want to end up in this bad statistic about DIY injuries.
The most important thing when we are doing something around the house is:
-To know what we are doing, and how to do it! It is not recommended doing any improvement by ourselves, without knowing that we are even doing the right thing. We should always ask for advice from the more experienced person or simply Google the answer. There are answers on almost every question on the internet and tips for how to do it.
– Safety is very important. When we are following the safety rules we are keeping us and everybody around us safe. Wearing the safety gear, using appropriate equipment, even appropriate clothes are very important when we are doing home improvement.
I suggest, before even starting any tasks to collect at least some basic info about doing it right.
I have decided a few years ago to fix the broken door on my wardrobe. I didn’t try to check how to do it because it looked like a piece of cake job. I ended up with an injury. I didn’t know that I have to start drilling slower to see if the screw is going to the right place. I broke the screw and it hurt my finger. It wasn’t so bad though, but it didn’t have to happen. So, don’t be like me.
There is no easy job, and every job requires following the safety rules. If we follow them, we know for sure that what we do is right and, of course, that we are safe.
Appropriate equipment is very important. We must have the right tool for the job. Getting the wrong tool is not only going to make us slow, but it also might get us hurt.
Also, once we buy a tool we have to make sure to take care of our tool. If we want to have a good tool and in the good shape, we have to take care of it and use it with care. If the tool is electrical and with cord, we must be sure that we have switched it off from the power at the moment we don’t need it anymore. If your house is full of curious children, like mine, forgetting to do this can be very dangerous.
Wearing the safety gloves, glasses and even safety clothes is very important. Always, but always follow this rules.
When doing something for the first time do it slowly, patience is very important. We are not professionals remember, and patient and slow repairs will keep us safe.
The electricity must be off when we are doing some electrical repairs.
When we are repairing the roof, the safety helmet is must have safety equipment. What we will use for roof repair is the ladder, for sure and maybe scaffolding: check them day before you want to use them.
I can spend all day mentioning all home-improvements which we will face with. But this is not so important; the message which I want to send is no matter what we are doing around the house, even if it is a small repair, we must take care of our safety first. Safe work is successful work!