Home renovation is a highly exciting project that requires a lot of preparation – you need to think of everything, from the basic concept to comparisons of every single supplier. There is one preparation that many people leave until the last minute or even forget: health and safety. If you have never done a home remodeling project before, you are unlikely to know all risks associated. A health and safety problem can stop the home renovation in its tracks and can potentially change somebody’s life forever.
Health and Safety Equipment
Depending on the type of remodel that you are undertaking, you might need a lot of health and safety equipment. Many people don’t consider health and safety equipment when doing a DIY home remodel. However, just think about all the equipment that professionals would bring to a similar job. Safety equipment for home remodels includes the following personal protective equipment:
When you wear this PPE, you will have a more minimal risk of ingesting contaminants while renovating. It will not help to mitigate all risks of injury, so it is always important to be prepared in case an injury or accident occurs. You should have a fully stocked first-aid kit in case of an accident or injury during the remodel. When you’re putting together your first aid kit, it should look like those used by professional builders and construction workers – remember there is no price on you being safe and your health being protected. This first aid kid should include small, medium and large silicone wound dressings in case of injuries that cause you to bleed. But you should also include:
- Individually-wrapped small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings
- Safety pins
- Adhesive tape
- Eye wash and an eye bath – especially if you have no running water
- Dressing for burn wounds
- Disposable nitrile gloves
- Finger dressings.
- Alcohol-free cleansing wipes.
- Distilled water, for cleaning wounds
Observe Ladder Safety
When using a ladder, make sure you position it on a flat, firm surface. As you climb or reach for something, keep your weight centered. Keep your hips between the rails and make sure you never stand on the top two rungs.
If you need to use an extension ladder to reach the roof, extend at least two rungs above the eaves. This way, you can hold onto the ladder as you step onto the roof
Do Not Do Your Own Electrical Work
It can be tempting to watch a couple of videos online and think you can perform complicated electrical work, but don’t be fooled. A DIY project should never attempt to play with the electrical systems of a house. Electricity can kill you – especially if it is handled by an amateur instead of a qualified electrician. If you have done DIY electrical work and have accidentally made a faulty wiring, you can cause a fire or cause injury or death to others. Furthermore, doing your own electrical work is against the law and will make your insurance policies void unless you have had it checked by a qualified electrician.