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Practice Safety on DIY Projects

By Paul Rothbart

DIY projects have become more popular in recent years. With all the content on YouTube and channels like HGTV, there are tons of tutorials on how to do pretty much any type of home repair, remodeling, or adding on. It's a great way to save money while caring for your home. Many people also find it to be a fun hobby. They take great pride in their DIY accomplishments. While working on any kind of home improvement project, safety is of the essence. Hand and power tools can be dangerous when used incorrectly. There are many ways to get hurt while working on your home.

Have a First Aid Kit on Hand

The first rule of safety is to be prepared. Injuries are always possible and will happen from time to time. Place in the area you are working in and make sure you can get to it easily. You can buy a first aid kit at many home improvement stores. Make sure it has a variety of sizes of band-aids and bandages, as well as tape, scissors, and alcohol wipes. Restock the kit periodically or when you have used it. If you are missing the one thing you need, the kit won't be of any help.

Make Sure You Have Good Lighting

If you can't see what you are doing, that is an invitation to injury. It's best if your workspace has bright overhead lighting. You can also buy portable work lights on folding stands. LEDs are more expensive, but they last longer and don't get hot. That's a plus when dealing with safety. If you are in a tight space you can't get a light into, have someone hold a nice, bright flashlight.

Wear Protective Gear

Never mind that you find it uncomfortable, protective gear is necessary to work safely. What you need will depend on the work you are doing. Most projects require safety goggles and if you are using loud power tools, wear ear protection. Gloves and steel-toed boots are also essential. When sanding or working with chemicals, wear a respirator. This gear is designed to prevent injuries but it can't do that if you don't wear it.

Fire Safety

Working with chemicals, solvents, and oil can create a fire hazard. Have a metal trash can with a lid for oily rags. Always keep a fire extinguisher within reach and know how to use it. Make sure it's fully charged. For bigger work areas, have more than one extinguisher.

DIY projects can be a great hobby that saves money and improves your home. Make sure to observe all safety procedures and use protective gear. The potential for injury is real and you need to reduce the risk. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Caldwell, N.J.

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