DIY Home Repair Safety Checklist
While professional home repair contractors have all the safety gear and equipment on hand to complete literally any job safely, the DIYer may need a bit of help in this department.Yes, it is possible to save money by doing some repairs yourself, but you also need to be cognizant of any dangers you might encounter. Before starting any DIY home repair project whatsoever, compile a safety checklist to ensure you have everything on hand and in place before you begin.
Compile and Organize Tools and Equipment
One of the worst things possible when doing a repair job is to get midway through only to realize you don’t have a tool or piece of equipment needed to complete the job. It is doubly frustrating if you are on a ladder which requires you to climb down, search for the item and climb back up again to pick up where you left off. What if you don’t have that tool? A lengthy delay could ensue while you order or shop for what you need to continue. Make sure you have everything on hand and are well organized before commencing.
Prepare the Work Area
Next on your safety checklist is preparing the work area. Not only do you need to worry about your personal safety but also the safety of any pets or children in the household. Then there are furnishings, floors and walls to consider. If you are working with paint, you need to make sure you have the right type of covering to protect everything you can’t move out of the way.
Safety Gear and Fall Protection
From goggles to face masks, gloves and aprons or smocks, you should have the appropriate safety gear assembled and ready to wear. If you will be working on the exterior of your home, the roof for instance, always make sure you have fall protection like a DBI SALA fall protection harness ready to wear. You will also need to install clamps on the roof, but the instructions are clear enough even for the DIYer to understand.
Ensure Adequate Lighting
Nothing ruins a home repair project quite like getting something off center or installed incorrectly due to poor visibility. If your home lighting isn’t sufficient to keep the work area brightly lit, you may want to invest in shop lamps that are designed to provide the amount of light needed under the conditions you will be working in.
Check Outlets and Extension Cords
Finally, if you are going to be using any electric power tools at all, check to ensure that all your outlets are operational and that you have the proper rating on your extension cords. Fires can break out quickly when working with electric tools and outlets improperly matched for ratings, so this is an absolute must.
This is just a brief outline of a safety checklist for DIY home repairs, but enough information is included to demonstrate just how important it is to have everything you will need in order. If you aren’t sure what you may need to protect yourself and any property, do an online search. With so much information available to you, there is never a need to start any repair without taking the necessary precaution