Are you a big do-it-yourselfer? We all love the satisfaction of completing a daunting task and reaping the compliments of a job well done. As rewarding as it may be, sometimes we bite off a little more than we can chew, and end up putting ourselves in dangerous or frustrating situations that we otherwise can’t complete our work.
It’s inevitable that we as homeowners face maintenance and home improvement projects on a somewhat regular basis. From simple tasks like mowing the lawn and household chores, to more involved and creative projects like painting or exterior renovations. Every homeowner and DIY-er vary in their level of comfort when it comes to particular projects. But how do you ensure your own safety, and the safety of those around you, when undertaking these home improvements? Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind while tackling that next project:
Timber! Down goes the ladder…with you on it.
A great deal of outside work requires getting up on a ladder. It’s vital to understand proper ladder safety tips to prevent injury or even death. A report from the Consumer Products Safety Commission says that more than 90,000 people per year receive emergency room treatment due to ladder-related injuries. Many of these injuries are a result of not using the proper ladder for the job. For example, if you are working on your roof, windows, or gutters, use an extension ladder that extends at least 3 feet from your roofline. It’s also extremely important to make sure the ladder is placed firmly on a level and sturdy foundation—avoid stone, dirt, mud, etc. Be sure to keep your body centered between the ladder rails and keep least one hand planted on the ladder at all times.
Hammer these tips into your noggin—figuratively speaking, that is.
There are plenty of safety precautions to take when using power tools—or any tool for that matter. Before starting any job, be sure to inspect your tools and ensure there aren’t any cracks in the casing or frayed power cords. If you’re new to the tool itself, be sure to follow all the manufacturer’s instructions on how to properly use it, and be sure to heed all warnings and precautions in the owner’s manual. Never leave power tools unattended during a project—especially in a family environment with children around.
Protect whatcha momma gave ya!
It’s also important to be properly protected during home improvement tasks. If it’s a labor-intensive job, be sure to wear safety goggles, gloves, and a respirator. Avoid wearing excessively loose-fitting clothing, tie back long hair, wear a hat, take off all jewelry, and wear long sleeves/pants with work boots. The last thing you want to do is be wearing an open-toed shoe and drop a hammer on your big toe. Ouch! But should such a scenario take place, it’s always smart to have a well-stocked first aid kit somewhere nearby for any unexpected injuries.
For projects that seem a little too daunting, consider enlisting the help of a professional contractor—especially for more dangerous projects like a roof repair. Know that there are professional contractors that specialize in every type of home improvement project. If you are looking for roof repair or an installation of a new roof, contact us at Garvin Construction. We have a wide variety of traditional and metal roofs, guaranteed to satisfy your needs and make all your neighbors jealous.