Ready to renovate your home but don’t know the safety risks involved? Safety should be your number one priority when you decide to renovate. How can you enjoy the renovations if you are injured or worse? Read on below for some important safety tips to keep in mind while you renovate your home.
Have Good Tools
Good quality tools can save you from many problems. Malfunctioning equipment is extremely dangerous. You need to take and check all your tools before you use them. In minor cases, you could receive a burn or small shock from a power tool, but in extreme cases they can cause electrocutions and even overheat and start fires. The last thing you need when trying to renovate a house is for it to burn down. Good tools are not hard to find and companies like AEG make tools for just about every job you can imagine. Don’t take the risk to save just a little bit of extra money; safety does not have a cost.
Don’t Touch Electrical Lines
It might sound like common sense, but many people think they know how to repair or interact with electrical wires in the house. Most of these people do not. Unless you are a qualified and licenced electrician, do not touch them. Electrical wires in the house are extremely dangerous and incorrect interactions with them can result in death. If they need repairs, get a professional. Remember to watch out for wires when you are going through the roof, as loose cables can be sending currents through insulation batts. Knocking down walls or even just drilling though them is also dangerous if you do not know where the wiring goes through a house. Though most of the time the circuit breaker will save you, the risk is simply too great to take the chance.
Many people renovating probably haven’t worked on a job site before. Though this does not mean you can’t have the skills to perform your renovations, it may mean you have never been briefed on worksite safety. Even the simple things can be easily overlooked and cause a serous hazard for yourself or anyone you are working with. One of the biggest problems is trip hazards. This is essentially anything laying across a pathway. Power cords or buckets are pretty common in this situation. It may sound a little silly to hear it, but tripping is one of the biggest sources of workplace injury. Most of the time, it isn’t what you trip on that will hurt you but where you land – and in a building site there are a great deal many things you don’t want to land on.
In many cases, this is hopefully not an issue, but asbestos was used in construction right up to the 1990s. It is important to note that asbestos can be safely managed. If it is left undisturbed, it is not a risk. However, if you plan on doing renovations to an older home, get the house checked by the local council. The risk involved in simply taking the chance is not worth it. Get it checked, and if there is asbestos, get it professionally removed.
Renovating, though stressful, can be a lot of fun and profitably rewarding, so long as you do it safely. Think of it as any work environment and don’t do anything beyond your own skills or confidence if there is a danger.
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