DIY home improvements are fun, fulfilling and one of the best ways to save a chunk of your budget for home maintenance. But don’t get too hot on DIY home improvement projects just yet. As fun as DIY home improvement projects can get, accidents are always a possibility.
Especially if you’re new and you’ve only done a few, simple DIYs for the home, it’s important to tag safety as a top priority. Check out these general pointers for home improvement safety.
Have a First Aid Kit Ready
For possible accidents, be it a minor cut or landing a heavy object on one of your fingers, it’s always handy to have a first aid kit ready. Make sure that your kit is complete with these essentials for wounds, infections and what-have-you:
- First aid instruction booklet
- Bandages and gauze pads
- Absorbent compress dressings
- Antiseptic wash and ointment
- Adhesive cloth tape
- Aspirin or a painkiller
- Ice bag for cold compress
- Tweezer and scissors
Wear Proper Safety Garments
Depending on what you’re tackling for your new DIY home improvement, make it a must to wear the right safety garments. The basic set to choose from includes a helmet or hat, goggles, ear plugs, and gloves.
Keep Your Workstation Neat
Most creatives would say that there is order and beauty in chaos. But there’s also heightened chances of getting into an accident by slipping, stepping on something or accidentally pricking your fingers on something sharp. So make it a habit to keep your tools and items neatly positioned where they need to be.
Be Alert and Mentally Prepared About your Project
Being familiar with what needs to be done and the steps to do it, would help a great deal of steering clear of accidents. So before trying out new ventures in home improvement, spend some time behind books and online reads on how-tos.
It would also help to take DIY home improvements one at a time. Start simple and deal with the less hazardous ones. Unless guided by a pro, avoid tackling projects having to do with plumbing, electrical and the like.