Tackling DIY home projects can truly be a rewarding hobby. The satisfaction that comes with completing an improvement to your home is something that money can’t buy. Not only is DIY a fun hobby that allows you to improve your skills with practice, it’s a great way to add value to your property and make your home an even more special place to spend time with your family.
But it’s important to note that DIY projects don’t come without risk. At any one time there can be multiple hazards to be aware of including falling off a ladder, slipping off the roof, or experiencing aches and pains.
By taking a few precautions these risks can be mitigated, protecting you and your family from harm. Here are some tips for a safe and successful DIY project:
- Do your research
DIY projects can range from minor tasks like repainting a wall, to significant undertakings such as building a new patio. If you’re a regular DIYer, it can feel as though you’re capable of taking on any project. However, each project requires unique skills and knowledge, so we recommend spending some time doing a little research before you start.
Research the project online, speak to staff at your local hardware store or consult a book for tips and tricks. If in doubt, call an expert or professional. Most importantly, make sure you read any safety information or manuals relative to the tools required to complete your project.
- Set up a safe working space
Keeping your workspace tidy reduces any inherent risks significantly. DIY projects can easily get messy, particularly when you’re focused on the job at hand, however it’s crucial to clean your workspace as you go.
Clear materials from walkways, tape down electrical cords, have someone on hand to help stabilize ladders, ensure that floor spaces are kept clear and unplug power tools when they’re not in use.
- Get the right safety gear
Depending on the tasks involved, it’s likely you’ll need some safety gear. Even for experienced DIYers, some safety equipment is necessary, even when working on a simple project. Essential items include:
- Protective gloves with reinforced palms
- A hard hat
- A dust mask
- Electrical tape
- Non-slip, closed-toe shoes
- A harness and safety rope for any roof work
Practicing a little precaution now can keep you safe and keep your project on track.
- Know your limits
Just because you’re the handyman or handywoman of the home doesn’t mean you’re equipped to handle every kind of DIY project. If you have a preexisting injury. Don’t overdo it.
- Have a plan
Accidents do happen, even to the most skilled and prepared DIYer. It’s important to have a plan in place in the event that you or your family suffer an unexpected injury.
Avoid crowded hospitals and emergency rooms during this time, and come see us first. You have direct access to a physical therapist for a free injury screening! Same day scheduling is available for Outpatient Therapy, In-Home Therapy, and also Virtual Visits!