Taking on DIY home improvement projects can be a rewarding experience. It can also help save you big bucks compared to hiring a contractor for every single project around your home.
But as you tackle that electrical update or new tiled shower, understand that dealing with home improvement projects requires safety and precautions.
Check out the following findings regarding the most common homeowner injuries from:
- Ladder accidents result in nearly 200,000 emergency room visits every year. Ladders also kill about 300 people annually.
- All in all, using a ladder means a 1 in 1,680 chance of an ER visit, according to the report.
- Hardware like nails and screws cause 124,000 ER visits annually and a 1 in 2,615 chance at injury.
- Lawnmowers cause nearly 90,000 trips to the ER.
- Homeowners’ fingers, arms, eyes, face, feet, and the upper torso are most at risk.
- About 70 percent of all home repair-related ER visits happen to males, with men 50 to 59 most at risk.
- Home repair injuries occur most often on Saturdays and Mondays and in the summer months of June, July, and September.
Research is Key
When it comes to preventing injuries on your home improvement projects, making sure you’re prepared is key. Each project requires unique skills and knowledge, so experts recommend spending some time doing a little research before you start. You can find helpful videos online or even pick the brain of some of your handier friends before getting started. Visit your local hardware store to chat with associates about your project. The more time you put into researching your project, the less risk you put yourself at during the actual execution of the job.
Depending on the tasks involved, it’s likely you’ll need some safety gear to protect yourself from flying objects, dust or debris. Even for homeowners experienced in working on their own projects, safety gear is key to preventing injuries.
Here are a few pieces of gear no DIYer should be without: protective gloves with reinforced palms, safety glasses, ear protection, a hard hat, a dust mask, non-slip, closed-toe shoes, flame-resistant coveralls, and harness, and safety rope. Also, make sure your home is equipped with a full first aid kit as well as fire extinguishers or blankets. Have a list of emergency numbers ready just in case things do get out of hand. This list should include professional tradespeople, your local fire department, and the poison help line.
Know When to Call for Help
Even the handiest of DIYers need help from time to time. Plumbing and especially electrical are two areas where it’s advised to depend on an expert. Even on relatively smaller projects, the help of a licensed local expert can make all the difference. You may be out some cash in the long run, but you’ll have confidence that the job will be completed according to current health and safety codes.
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