Consider home remodeling!Home remodeling can not only make your home a more comfortable place to live in, but also make your home an investment that would increase the selling or market value of your home. Whether the project involves making simple home improvements, updating or upgrading several equipments, home remodeling can actually offer many benefits.
When starting on a project in your St Croix home, safety is an important consideration when taking on renovation projects. If you use traditional hand tools, power tools or construction equipment for major remodeling, your own personal safety should always be of paramount concern.
Power Tool Safety Tips
Power tools are used in a lot of home improvement projects. They facilitate the work and do the job faster than most conventional tools. Although they are more expensive than hand tools, power tools are worth the price as you will save a lot of time on your project, especially if you plan to use them on a wide range of building projects.
Power tools are dangerous if they are not used in the correct manner and can lead to property damage and, above all, serious physical injury. When using electric tools, keep these simple safety tips in mind:
Wear safety goggles. Safety glasses protect your eyes from debris. The lenses are designed to be resistant to shocks, but the dust and dirt can easily get around the sides and in the eyes.
Read the manufacturer’s instructions before using power tools and equipment. Observe the safety instructions.
Use the correct tool for the job. For example, a single construction project may require the use of various types of saw blades, drill bits, and and nails.
Protect your ears. Many tools can create a lot of noise, which can be harmful to the ears. Chances are if you want to scream over the noise, your ears are in danger.
Dress Correctly, Avoid loose clothing and for more protection, wear clothing that covers the entire body. Wear heavy gloves to protect hands and a mask to reduce dust and particles being inhaled Use for power tools. If you need to use both hands to hold an object in place, usethe pliers.
Safety with Hand Tools
Even when using conventional tools, because safety is important. Knowing where you are placing your hands is vital to ensure that you don’t accidentally hammer them instead of nails. Wood chips or particles in the air can get easily into the eyes, so goggles are best. Hand tools can be as dangerous as power tools, so be just as careful when using them as you would with power tools.
Ladder Safety Tips
The ladders are a piece of construction equipment are often misused, causing many injuries. In fact, the United States alone, there are more than 164,000 emergency room visits each year due to injuries on the ladders!
Although there are many types of ladders, the general advice applies to everyone:
Do not stand any higher than the third step from the top.
Place the ladder on firm ground.
Lean the ladder and keep your hips between the rails.
Always face the ladder to climb up or down with both hands on the steps.
Never leave tools loose on top of the ladder. If you need several tools, while on the ladder use a tool belt.
Here are some things to remember when working alone.
Do not rush job. Rushing leads to carelessness and neglect and usually results in injury.
Never work alone on a building project. Having a partner working with you helps to reduce the risk of injury and will ensure that someone is ready to help in case an emergency occurs.
Keep a first aid kit in place in case of minor cuts and bruises
Keep Hydrated when Working in the Heat
With all the fabulous weather we have here in St Croix, heat can be an important safety factor that needs to be considered.
When working in the heat it is vital that you ensure that you are fully hydrated. Your body contains about 60% water. If you allow your body to sweat too much while working, you will run into problems and heat illness can cause serious damage.
Here, are some simple tips to help you stay fully hydrated while working on that all important project:
Be sure to get enough to drink when you first get up in the morning before you start on your project.
Always have a plastic water bottle with you wherever you are working in the house, this will help you to remember to keep drinking even when you are concentrating on your work.
Try to limit drinks containing caffeine and sweetener. Caffeine acts like a diuretic and can cause rapid fluid loss. In addition to more calories, fructose or natural sugars in fruit juice can decrease the body’s ability to absorb liquids.
Most of what we eat contains water so another way to keep hydrated is to ensure that you stop working and have snacks, the best foods to help you keep hydrated are fruits and vegetables.
Learn the signs and symptoms of dehydration.
So having read these few handy hints, you can now go and begin in that project for home improvement you have been planning. Just remember to keep safe at all times.