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7 Simple Safety Tips to Improve Your DIY Home Improvement Projects

By Teri Dormer

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The process of home renovation helps you transform the space you have into the house of your dreams. No matter how big or small your DIY home improvement projects are, every room has the potential to match your vision with a little bit of elbow grease and some innovation. 

Still, for the do-it-yourself crowd, it’s important to remember that the renovation examples you see on TV may not be nearly as easy as they look. Some home improvement tasks can actually be dangerous if you don’t take the right precautions.

Whether you want to upgrade your kitchen cabinets or expand your master closet, home construction safety is everyone’s responsibility. 

From power tools to demolition days, here are seven simple tips for making sure your home renovation is as safe as it is smooth. 

Safety Advice for Your DIY Home Projects 

Sure, getting a headache from the sound of power tools or a splinter from putting up fencing might not sound like major concerns, but home improvement accidents can range from small inconveniences to full-blown emergencies.

With the right precautions in place, you can help ensure your renovations go off without a hitch and no one’s worse for the wear because of it.

You might not be a professional handyman, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take on some of their advice for how to manage your own in-home upgrades and stay safe in the process. 

1. Read the Instructions First 

Reading the instructions may sound like elementary advice, but you might be surprised how many accidents could be avoided just by checking out the directions before you dive into a renovation project. 

Do-it-yourself video instructions and team efforts are great, but someone should be reading the instructions for installing, assembling, or operating heavy or dangerous equipment.

Just because you think your sixth-sense of home-improvement instincts might be kicking in, don’t skip the part where you spend a few minutes reading through the instructions laid out by the manufacturing team, too.

2. Prepare a First Aid Kit 

Power tools, sharp objects, and heavy materials can be the perfect storm for a major disaster, so it’s imperative to have a first aid kit on hand at all times.

Even if you don’t have top-notch surgical skills, a collection of bandages, gauze, burn ointment, and disinfectants are just as important to have on hand for DIY home projects as a hammer and nails.  

3. Dress the Part 

No one is judging your fashion sense, but there should be a strict dress-code for your home renovations. Close-toed shoes, long pants, gloves and headgear should be considered non-negotiable attire, especially if you’ll be working around serious construction or machinery.

This goes for protecting your eyes and ears, too. Your eyes and ears are some of the most sensitive parts of the body when it comes to home construction, and protecting them should be considered a top priority. 

Start with safety goggles or glasses to keep debris or loose particles from landing in your eyes, and consider adding noise-canceling earmuffs or earplugs to your uniform to drown out loud or unnecessary noises.

4. Observe Ladder Safety 

Ladder safety isn’t just for the superstitious, it can literally save your life. Climbing on top of a ladder, or even navigating around one on the ground level can be very dangerous, so it’s imperative to take the rules of ladder safety seriously at all times. 

Never climb up a ladder that isn’t planted firmly and securely on the ground, and never climb up a ladder alone under any circumstances. Every home renovation team should have a minimum of two people managing the ladder, including some to spot the person or people climbing up it. 

5. Check the Status of Your Tools 

From a simple wooden hammer to a powerful electrical saw, every item in your tool kit should be handled with care and inspected for damage before using it. You may be renovating on a budget, but damaged or faulty equipment can lead to disaster.

Under no circumstances should you attempt to operate electrical equipment that looks run-down or seems to have been shoddily repaired. 

6. Check the Weather 

You may be on a time crunch, but Mother Nature gets the final say (especially when you’re going to be working outdoors).

Before you start working on your DIY home improvement tasks, make sure to check the weather for rain or lightning. Either climate change should be a clear sign that it’s safer to take the day off rather than try to work in potentially hazardous conditions. 

7. Know Your Limits 

No one doubts your skills, but everyone has their limits. What a professional renovation team does on television isn’t always an indication of what the average homeowner should be capable of doing themselves.

Your dream home may be elaborate, but you have to respect your limits and know when it’s time to back down and call in the pros. 

Your Home Renovation Guide 

If you’re worried about home renovation costs (and frankly, who isn’t?), taking on some of the work yourself might sound like a simple solution for cutting back on the expense of your home improvement dreams. 

There’s a special sense of pride and accomplishment when you know you had a major hand in creating a certain aspect of your home’s design, but it’s important to respect the safety precautions of power tools and construction no matter how big or small your project is.

These simple tips will help reduce the likelihood of encountering a dangerous accident and should give you peace of mind as you set about any DIY home projects.