Safety Tips for the DIY Home Owner

Before you start any renovation project you need to have a plan and the right tools; however you also need to have the right safety gear. I’m going to give you a few tips on what you may need for that do it yourself project.

1. Glasses

The first piece of safety gear is a good pair of safety glasses. You can get them in several different styles depending on the type of work you are doing. If you are cutting tiles or using a grinder I recommend the style that wraps around the side of your eye in case small pieces fly up. You will have to go to your local hardware store to find them.

2. Ear Plugs

If you are using, or are around, loud power tools like jack hammers, you will need to get some ear plugs. For most situations the soft foam type will work fine and you can find them at the drug store or local hardware store.

3. Dust mask or Respirator

These might not be the sexiest accessory however they are very important to protect your lungs. The quality you need will depend on what you are doing. Plain household dust from demolition or basic construction should only require a basic paper mask. However, if there are any traces of mold or old style insulation (which could have traces of asbestos) you will need a proper respirator. Also, if you are working with harsh chemicals or paints you may need a respirator as well. Go to your local hardware store and tell them what you are doing; they can tell you the proper respirator to get.

4. Proper Clothes

Renovations are not the time to worry about fashion. Wear clothes that you are OK with getting ruined. Avoid loose sleeves that can get caught by power tools or get into paint or glue. Don’t wear open toed shoes and try to wear shoes with a thicker sole – especially if there are nails and debris around. You don’t want a nail in your foot!

You are also going to need a good pair of work gloves. Find tight fitting gloves so you can pick up small screws and nails with them. Ladies you can try gardening gloves since most gloves sold in hardware stores are too large for women.

Renovating can be dangerous so you need to make sure you are protected. By making sure you have these basic safety items you can enjoy the renovation and be safe at the same time.