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Some Guidelines to Protect Yourself During Your Home Improvement Project
Many people do not learn how important safety is until they get hurt doing a home-improvement project. If you have been hurt, consider yourself blessed if you are not actually killed, while working on a home project. As you may have guessed, people usually fall off of something if they sustain an injury. Another way that people sustain following injuries is going on the roof to lay shingles and falling quite a distance.
Regardless of where you are using it, ladders are primary candidates for falling injuries. Very typically people either do not deploy the ladder correctly, or they simply lean too far from the center of gravity. Many accidents are easy to prevent, and we will cover a few things to help you stay safe.
Prior to beginning a home improvement job, you must keep in mind your safety and the safety of those in your home. Every year homeowners are seriously injured or sometimes even killed while performing simple improvements. Always consider your safety and the safety of family members prior to beginning any home improvement job. Safety precautions should always be taken, even if these steps slow down the job. Whenever you work with powered hand tools around the home, always unplug the unit if you have to change out a part. This little safety tip is often over looked by many do it yourselfers. If you have circular saws or any kind of powered saw, take proper precautions. Here's a handy tip: Cover the unused blade of the circular saw with a piece of old hose. Slice the hose open and then wrap the hose around the unused blade.
If you are working on something where you need to hammer nails, here's a nice suggestion. This is a great piece of advice for those who haven't used a hammer all that much. To hold the nail steady when hammering it, buy or make something like a support. You can take something as simple as a paper clip and fashion a nail holder. Combs can also be used as nail holders and all you need to do is remove one or two teeth. Understanding the level of pain involved in hammering a thumb or a finger is difficult until you experience it yourself.
When you are thinking about the safety issues you must plan for, one big area is using intense chemical bonding agents and adhesives. These chemical agents can be a danger to your home, as well as to yourself. But when working with powerful adhesives, it is a good idea to wear proper gloves such as latex gloves. Some of the places to find what you need to work safely with chemicals - such as the latex gloves - are Home Depot, Ace Hardware, and Lowe's Home Improvement Center. Many chemical adhesives have carcinogenic substances, but you also do not want to cause any chemical burns on your hands, either. It is imperative if you have a project in an unventilated area to use a mask respirator with a filter cartridge. While safety may not be the first thing you think about when it comes to making improvements to your home, it really should be. Savvy home improvers know, safety is a must. Sure safety may cost you a little bit of extra time but in the long run prevention is the key to keeping you and your family member safe.
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