Tackling do-it-yourself (DIY) projects for the home can be fun and cost-effective, so why not roll up those sleeves and get started! Whether you’re painting the front door or finally upgrading those patio lights, successfully completing a home project is satisfying. But many of these projects come with risks. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind as you get to work:
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) is your friend. We know you’re a pro but investing a few bucks in PPE is essential for most home projects. Stock up on safety goggles, dust masks, ear plugs (or noise reduction ear protectors), gloves and any other kind of protection you’ll need for your project.
- Work slowly, and clean as you go. When you rush through a DIY project, you’ll likely end up with less desirable results than you intended. Take your time and remember you are in control of the project. Pick up any scrap materials, tools that aren’t in use and any tripping hazards.
- Be cautious with power tools. Annually, 8% of electrocutions in the U.S. are attributed to improper use of power tools. Never use power tools near live electrical wires or water pipes.
- Remember, you should only tackle DIY home projects within your skill and comfort level. For projects that require extensive electrical work, we strongly recommend you hire a licensed, qualified electrician for assistance.