Attention DIYers – Safety First!

Here are 7 safety must-haves that fit any budget

For do-it-yourselfers, there is always a new project.  


But with home improvement comes safety risks. Projects that involve nail guns, knives, electrical saws and other powered hand tools combined with hazards from chemical vapors and dust, flying and falling objects, loud machinery and working in tight spaces or on ladders can be downright dangerous. In the UK, over 200,000 people are treated in hospitals from DIY projects each year; and in the US, the State of Home Safety in America report puts that number at over 300,000.


HomeAdvisor recommends that DIYers get familiar with tool safety and other resources before starting a project.


Here’s some safety equipment that can help:


First Aid Kit – Keep One Handy:


A pre-packaged kit that contains bandages, gauze, scissors, alcohol, cold pack, eye wash, gloves, tweezers and moreis essential, just in case. 


Practical: Compact First Aid Kit

Premium: First Aid Station



Climbing Ladders? Working with Water? Wear Slip-Resistant Shoes:
 Attention DIYers – Safety First!
Ladder falls from under 16 feet comprise more than 90% of all construction accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but these accidents often have serious consequences. To minimize the chance of ladder falls or slips wear shoes with wide outsoles and good traction. If you’re working on a roof, a fall protection kit should be considered.


Practical: Athletic Work Shoe

Premium: Steel Toe Anti-Slip Work Boot

 


There are Gloves—and There Are Cut-Resistant Gloves:
Attention DIYers – Safety First!
For every type and range of “honey-do” project, from constructing a deck out of a kit to slapping a fresh coat of paint on the old one, you’ll want a work glove that protects your palm and fingers. A range of gloves that offer higher abrasion and tear resistance (along with breathability and dexterity) can be found here.


Practical: Light Task II Gloves

Premium: Light Task III Gloves


 

Fit Eyewear to the Task: 

Attention DIYers – Safety First!
Sealed eyewear is ideal for protection against air-borne debris, sun, wind and impact. Sealed “Over-The-Glasses” (OTG) goggles provide protection for wearers of prescription glasses. Models with extended wraparound frames improve protection and peripheral vision. Anti-fog lenses help preserve vision when exertion, heat and humidity exist.


Practical: Clear Glasses with Anti-Fog Coating

Premium:  Safety Goggles with Anti-Fog/Anti-Scratch


 

Hearing Protection: It’s Ear-Replaceable:

Assault on the ears comes from many sources of high-volume machinery: lawnmowers, chain saws, shop vacuums, electric saws and other power tools. For the protection you need should you choose an earplug or earmuff? The short answer is, in most cases, either one will do the job.


Practical: Multiple-Use Earplugs

Premium: Wireless Earmuff


 

Heads up!

DIY Summer Safety

Hard hats are mandatory on industrial worksites, so why not at home? If you think it’s too hot to wear one, opt for a vented bump cap, a baseball-type cap with a thermoplastic liner that will protect you against minor bumps and scrapes while keeping it cool. For protection against falling objects, nothing short of a hard hat will do, but choosing one with adjustable suspension points will keep you more comfortable than you might think.


Practical: Bump Cap

Premium: Hard Hat with Padded Sweatband


 

Breathe Easy with Respiratory Protection:

DIY Summer Safety

Painting a car in the garage, spraying a new coat of stain on the deck or applying a new bead of adhesive on the woodwork can release hazardous chemicals within vapors, mist and dust. Reduce exposure to airborne contaminants with respiratory protection that’s comfortable, ergonomically designed and effective.


Practical: Half Mask Facepiece

Premium: Full Face Respirator



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