Stay Ahead of Safety Hazards at Home
Ladders pose an obvious safety risk for anyone who uses one. Staying safe when suspended off the ground depends on a number of factors going your way. But ladders aren’t the only safety risk for the avid DIYer. We know that at times the thrill of the project coupled with the comfort of your own home can make you feel like nothing bad could ever happen. But thousands of people find out the hard way every year that that’s just not true. Here are a few safety hazards at home that you need to stay in front of every time you do a project!
Protect your eyes.
Of the 50,000+ people who lose some or all of their vision in accidents each year, 90% of those could have been prevented by wearing proper eyewear. Though it might be a minor inconvenience, if you just make it a habit, soon enough you won't even notice they’re there.
Protect your ears.
If you spent much of your youth attending loud rock concerts or working with heavy machinery, you likely already know the dangers of prolonged exposure to loud noise. Most power tools you use will clock in at over 100 decibels. Without hearing protection, you’ve only got a few minutes before you risk permanent damage. Like the safety glasses, just do yourself a favor and get in the habit of wearing earplugs.
Protect your lungs.
If the project you’re doing creates any kind of dust at all, a respiratory mask is a good idea. The old school paper masks generally do the job, but a plastic one with an air valve will hold up longer and offer some extra protection.
Clamp it down.
Anytime you’re cutting something with a saw you need to make sure that material is firmly clamped to the surface you’re working on. Fail to do that and you could end up without one of your two most precious tools of all: your hands. Seriously, it happens and it’s something you can easily forget to do which is why this is one of our top tips for safety hazards at home.
Give it a rest.
It doesn’t matter how excited about the project you are or when it’s supposed to be done. If you are tired, stop working. Just like driving a car, working on a home project while groggy can lead to far worse things than finishing it a little later.
Always be prepared.
It’s possible that you’ll go through your entire life completing many projects without major incident. We hope that is the case. But it’s important to always be prepared. Keep a fully stocked first aid kit in any area that you do a lot of work in. And always have a way to quickly contact help should you need it.
Thanks for tuning in to our tips for safety hazards at home! Stay safe with all your at-home projects and be sure to check back soon for more tips and updates from EZsmart Tools.