Do it yourself – ER or DIYer is not really a new idea. Since people have lived in houses there has always been some people that just prefer to make repairs and upgrades on their own. Today, the DIY phenomenon has bred an entire generation of people that not only fix the occasional leak themselves but that are not afraid to rip out walls, replace roofs and eve replumb the entire house.
A person that is considered a DIYer is a person that performs services on their property that were historically done by professionals in various fields. The DIYer is courageous, brave and not afraid to learn a new skill to save some money!
A DIYer learns how to, by doing! They are not certified professionals and most of the time lack formal training but they will roll up their sleeves and get to work on all their home improvement projects and repairs to save a buck!
Successful, experienced DIYers know that there is only one thing that they absolutely have to ensure, their own safety!
Do-it-yourself (DIY) has worked towards saving money when it comes to home improvement projects but never at the expense of your own personal safety.
The experienced DIYer keeps a safety check list to ensure that they are taking the steps that they need to, to protect themselves from danger.
There are so many ways that you can get injured during a project that taking a few extra safety steps can pay off in the long run. The car ignitions, the car batteries, the hot tubs and even the hot water heaters with the home electric circuits can ever be dangerous if the user neglects to use a lot of caution while working with them.
In cases where the user is grinding without goggles, it should not be a surprise to get a piece of metal in the eye. From many people who have been hurt during the DIY projects, they would ever share painful and regrettable situations that they have exposed themselves, because of ignorance – the leader and mother of all blunders and mistakes in these projects.
What are the tips then for the DIYers?
#1 Be careful and watch out for the falling tools
When it comes to falling, an individual should be keen and should never leave anything on the devices, for instance leaving a hummer on top of a ladder. The truth is that there are greater chances that the hammer would fall back to bonk the user who is down few heights from the ladder top.
There are many occasions that these falling objects that they have left on the operational devices have knocked DIYers, and sadly enough, some of them have reported regrettable accidents just because of this petty ignorance.
#2 Working with pressure washers
Pressure washers cuts have been taken to be normal and some of the experiences to many who have worked with this tool.
Pressure washers are great tools that can give you great results but they can also easily remove skin and allow bacteria to get in and cause an infection.
Therefore, pressure washers should be treated as loaded guns because they can be dangerous when not used safely. The cuts of this machine should be avoided by taking precautions to read all the instructions provided in the device’s manual upon purchase so that an individual becomes familiar with every perfect and safe activity when handling the washers.
#3 Bump nailing foot
When an individual pumps the boot while nailing, there are high chances that he would nail the foot.
Therefore, the nail should be set to the safer and sequential fire mode, just as a precautionary measure.
#4 Avoid loose lifting clothes when working with power tools
Taking an example of an individual using a hole saw to drill some plywood.
The ignorance of getting close to applying pressure has ever been taken to be normal. When the individual makes a mistake of pressing the trigger lock, the hole-saw would automatically end up reeling the shirt and even climbing to the chest.
This is how serious the tool can be. The injury might still be kept even at this point but the fact remains that some nasty spiraling teeth marks and the t-shirt being shredded would remain intact. This happens in the situations that the individual is still struggling to switch off the device.
#5 Electrical shock
What is all about electric shock? Electric shock can kill!
A good scenario is where someone puts in a radio into an outlet and the switching off the breakers till the radio dried. Figuring that it was still safe to work in the box and proceeding to disconnect the wires, the wonders of electricity complications begin – the circuit shock.
This would make an individual to realize that there were two circuits that are connected to the outlet and only one was turned off but not the two.
It is very dangerous to make assumptions when it comes to dealing with electricity. Therefore, an individual should always check the wires, using either the voltage checker or any other authorized device. By double-checking all the wires in the box with a non-contact voltage tester before doing any work, all safety risks would be controlled.
#6 Springing branch ends up to send ladder airborne
When cutting a branch of a tree, the user should put consideration into the position of the ladder before noticing it is airborne.
Have you ever realized that after finishing the cut, a weight problem is eliminated and the branch ends up springing into the air leaving the ladder with no support?
Many DIYers realize too late that the ladder couold easily be knocked down by the tree limb they just cut. A little forethought and maybe a phone all to an experienced tree trimmer can avoid dangerous falls, cuts and worse!
Other simple safety tips for every DIYer
#1 Protection to the eye
The moist reported the injury in construction being experienced by the DIYer projects people is the damage to the eye.
Eye protections, in forms like using safety glasses, is affordable and also easy to find. In many circumstances, the user should consider clear lenses but when working outdoors, the tinted ones would be better to block the UV light.
Indoor duties can as well be recommended to be accompanied by the safety glasses with amber lenses so as to improve clarity in seeing especially in the dim conditions.
#2 The power tools
Another safety concern which has been taken to be simple and normal is the power tools. It is very expedient to always use the protective guards and safety glasses when using these tools. The hands should be kept away from the cutting paths of the devices’ blades before mystery becomes reality.
After considering the hands, the feet should also be put accordingly.
#3 Hand tools safety
Hand tools including the utility knives and hacksaws have the potentiality in jumping off their mark and hence causing cuts and scrapes.
In possible situations, an individual should consider using clamps to hold the materials while working in a place. In case this is not possible, then the hands and fingers should be kept away from the blade and the cutting path all the time.
The other safest method which can be used is holding the material on the side of the tool way from the cutting path, or even holding it forwards of the cutting path in cases where the cutting tool is being pulled towards the user. Also, if possible still, the user should incorporate a piece of wood as a cutting guide that would work to block the blade from contacting the skin or the clothing.
#4 Other good tips for eliminating shocking out come
As discussed, electricity can be very dangerous and hence there are a number of considerations that should ever be made. From the obvious point of view, an individual should never forget to use UL approved insulated clutches, but the electric safety tips should still be kept in mind.
- The power should always be turned off at the circuit breaker when working on the wiring.
- The ladder should never be placed where it can easily fall into the power line – it can be a blunder of the highest order. The individual should look around so as to identify any power lines before placing a ladder.
- In cases of digging or trenching, a utility locator should be contacted
- With the rule that water and electricity have never and will never mix, in cases of damp, the power should be turned off or if better the job to be postponed.
When working with someone else when it comes to holding nails or ever screws, still the safety tips have to be applied. Before chopping or any work with the partner, the individual should take a good look at the assistant so as to ensure they are all not in the debris path.
A DIYer should ever be keen to considering the safety in any environment of work. Though it has ever been neglected and taken to be of less concern, it would be better to have the tips in mind than to pay a hospital bill and even death expenses, which are never anyone’s wish.
Therefore, by following the tips, much precaution and caution are also considered and working safety risks and complications are taken care of by the DIYer when working.