While it may seem that DIY safety is something that everyone thinks about before beginning a new project, there are far too few would-be fixer-uppers who actually stop to consider even the most basic of safety tips.
Whether you enjoy spending your weekends making and fixing things or you consider yourself an experienced DIY expert who has a solid understanding of how power tools work, safety should always come first. The biggest factors in accidents relating to tools, blades and do it yourself projects include a lack of knowledge as well as over-ambition. The former is typical of those who do not have much experience in working with tools, and the latter is common among those who are experienced but think that they can take on just about any job… no matter how complicated.
Make sure that your projects go off without a hitch (or without any nasty accidents!) with the help of these useful DIY safety tips that apply to all levels of experience.
Top Tips for DIY Safety
Some of the most important things to remember when dealing with tools and projects include the following:
- Be realistic. You may think that you can take on that intensive roof repair or build that multi-level deck yourself, but unless you have the skills to complete the job, do not risk it. For projects that involve electrical repairs or any potential dangers, rather call out a qualified contractor who has experience to do the job safely and properly.
- Keep your tools in good shape. All tools that you use should be kept clean and in good repair. This includes tools of all sizes and types – even small ones. Each tool should be checked thoroughly before use to make sure that there are no faults. A good way to be fully sure that the tools you use are always in tip top shape is to consider hiring tools from a trusted tool supplier.
- Always plan ahead. Have everything that you need ready, draw up any plans you will require and make sure that you have enough time to do the job. When you are not prepared and rush through things, it becomes far easier for accidents to happen. It is a good idea to also keep a first aid kit in your work area, too – just in case of emergencies.
- Wear suitable clothing, shoes and protective gear. This includes eye protection for harsh chemicals and tools such as angle grinders, as well as safety gloves, nose and mouth mask for chemical applications and sturdy shoes that cover your feet.
- Be cautious when using and cleaning power tools. Make sure that tools and electrical appliances are disconnected before inspecting or cleaning them, always turn off at the plug point as well as on the tool itself and do not ever leave tools running unattended.
- Store tools, paint, chemicals and equipment securely. All of these items should be kept somewhere that is away from children and pets. Equipment and chemicals, paints and other potentially toxic or dangerous products and tools should also be stored correctly so that nothing is able to spill or fall over, either.
- Take extra caution when using cutting tools. As a general rule, anything with blades should be treated with care. Accidents can happen within a matter of seconds – even to those with many years of experience!
- Follow instructions very carefully. This applies to products such as adhesive (especially strong instant types), tools and chemicals. Always read through the instructions before you start so that you are fully prepared. Accidents happen when instructions are ignored or read incorrectly and most can be prevented by reading through instructions carefully before attempting to use the product.
- Keep children and pets away during projects. Obviously, smaller projects that do not pose any dangers do not apply. But for any project involving tools and/or chemicals, it is best to work uninterrupted so that there are no distractions.
- Hire or purchase the best quality tools that you can afford. Another benefit of hiring tools rather than purchasing them is that you are able to find high quality tools without forking out a small fortune. Often, certain tools are not used all the time but may be needed for a specific project. By hiring the tools that you need for each different project, you can keep your garage or work room uncluttered, while still knowing that you have the best tool for the job. If you do purchase any tools, be sure to invest in the best that you can afford.
Here at Coastal Hire, we know that doing it yourself is the best way to get most projects done. With these DIY safety tips in mind, you should have no trouble getting to work safely, smartly and simply.