How To Stay Safe While Carrying Out DIY Projects

By Martin Hart on Thu 27 August 2020

With more people than ever spending an extended amount of time in their homes, chances are there are a lot more DIY projects taking place right now. You yourself might be thinking about putting up a new shelf, replacing the wallpaper or even building an entire shed for your back garden.

Proper Use of Power Tools


When working with power tools, there are a number of rules of thumb that you need to observe. First of all, your tools should be in good working condition. Test them out first before you begin your project to make sure there's nothing broken or faulty. Check for frayed power cords and cracked or damaged casings. Don't ever use a faulty power tool.

When using the tool, make sure you use them effectively and carefully to avoid damage. Don't carry them by their cords, or yank the cables when unplugging them, always disconnect from the plug, not the wire. Keep cords away from heat sources and any sharp edges.

While operating tools, never walk away and leave the tool unattended. Even while it is off, you should ensure it is unplugged before walking away, especially if you live in a home with children. If you're uncertain how to use a power tool effectively, there are plenty of videos online that you can watch and figure out what to do.



Dress for Safety


What you wear while undertaking DIY is essential. You don't need to make any kind of fashion statement while doing home improvement. Sensible and practical clothing is best. Avoid anything dangly and loose like free-flowing sleeves or jewellery that can get caught in equipment. When sawing or doing something that involves loose debris, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes. And for noisy projects, earplugs can help prevent hearing damage.


A Clean and Safe Workspace


Before you begin, make sure your workspace is sufficient for the job. You'll need plenty of space free from obstructions. Make sure power tools, sharp objects or any dangerous materials are out of the reach of children. You will also need to ensure your workspace is well lit so you can clearly see everything you're doing. Using tools in a cluttered mess will lead to accidents and mistakes.


Follow Instructions


Assuming you are not a DIY expert, you should follow instructions correctly to avoid accidents. Make sure you consult the manuals for your power tools before you start using them, so you know how to operate them safely. If following an instructional video, consider watching it all the way through first before you begin so you are aware of the steps before you get to them.





Have a First Aid Kit to Hand


Accidents happen. Whether it's a scape, scratch or bump, make sure you have a first aid kit handy in case of injury. Power tools and sharp objects can cause a number of injuries, even to experienced construction workers, so make sure your first aid kit is stocked and close by.

Bandages, gauze, burn ointment and disinfectants are all important to have on hand for DIY projects.


Know When to Get Help


Sometimes you may find halfway through your project that you have bitten off more than you can chew. That online video may have made it seem like re-designing an entire kitchen was easy, but once you get stuck in, you may discover you're out of your depth.

This is especially true if you're working with gas or electric, or if you find asbestos in your home. In these situations, you may find that the best solution is to bring in a professional to take over the job. They will have the right skills and safety equipment to sort out your DIY project. There's nothing wrong with bringing in professional help when you're struggling; it's much safer to not take a risk on something you're not sure about and bring in some help who knows what they're doing.

We hope this advice gives you more confidence to undertake those DIY projects at home. And if you need fixtures to help build those dream shelves and drawers, at Hart Wholesale, we can provide you with Blum hingesBlum kitchen hingesBlum door hinges and much more. Contact us today for more information.



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