Renovating Safety Tips

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So, you think you are a do-it-yourselfer? Then you have come to the right website for advice, but before you get started o­n that next project, it's time to do a little safety check.

1. Are you dressed for success? Dressing for success means wearing safety glasses when you are working with power tools, saws, or striking tools like hammers. It also means sturdy footwear—no flip-flops or high heels. Clothing needs to be loose enough to move freely, but not so baggy that it can get caught in or smear against the project you are working o­n. If you have long hair, it is best to tie it back or wear a cap. Always wear a cap for painting ceilings and high places, even if you have no hair at all—you need the brim to keep splatter out of your eyes.

2. Keep your tools in good condition. Dull blades and drill bits become dangerous because the tendency is to try to force them.

3. Watch those power cords. Don't let them trip you up. Use a ground-fault-circuit interrupter (GFCI) so the power will shut off if there is a short.

4. Use ladders safely. Ladder rails must be firmly seated. Don't lean your hips past the side rails because ladders are designed to have the weight centered between them.

5. Be aware of the chemicals you are using and how to handle them properly. Some require good ventilation.

6. If kids are around, take the time to teach them properly within their ability range. Kids are usually fascinated by building things but sometimes they need to be taught how to just watch respectfully.

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7. Know your limits. If you are not familiar working with gas pipes, electrical voltage, etc., get a professional.

8. Keep a first-aid kit handy.