Even if you manage to find a home that is new construction or that meets nearly all of your must-haves, there will probably be a few changes and upgrades you want to make in order to ensure that your home meets your standards for function and style. And the longer you live in your house, the more likely it becomes that you’ll want to upgrade, remodel, or renovate. But before you take on any construction, from simple projects like built-in bookshelves to complex undertakings like gutting your master bath, you’ll want to make sure that you’re set up for safety. Here are just a few helpful tips that should save you from accident, injury, or property damage when you take on home construction projects.
- Get educated. Although you’re not going to train as a plumber, electrician, or carpenter just to learn the skills necessary to tackle home improvement projects, you can certainly take steps to educate yourself enough that you’re not going to put yourself or others in your household at risk for harm. You could start simply enough with a comprehensive home repair guide book. Or you can find suitable tutorials online that offer step-by-step instructions and even videos to help you along. You can also take classes at your local hardware store – Home Depot offers an ongoing calendar of free classes to teach homeowners how to tackle a variety of home improvement projects. In short, you have plenty of resources at your disposal to ensure you have the knowledge to undertake home construction projects with safety in mind.
- Familiarize yourself with tools. Depending on the type of home construction project you have planned, you may need all kinds of tools and equipment, from those as simple as a hammer or saw to electric or pneumatic tools. And all can be dangerous if you don’t know how to use them properly and observe safety precautions.
- Use proper safety gear. Many home improvement projects will require you to protect various parts of your body. Appropriate safety gear could include goggles, masks, a hard hat, heavy duty gloves, elbow or knee pads, steel-toe boots, coveralls, or even a hazmat suit. And for safety as well as ease of use, it’s a good idea to have leather tool belt, too.
- Turn off utilities. Whether you’re installing a new water heater, moving electrical outlets, or gutting your kitchen and replacing everything from cabinets and counters to appliances, it’s important to make sure you turn off the appropriate utilities prior to starting your project so that you don’t endanger yourself, your family, or your property in the process of performing construction projects. In most cases you’ll only have to turn off utilities for a specific area of your home, such as flipping the breaker that provides power to a certain room or tamping the gas line connected to your stove.
- Know when to hire professional help. Some home remodeling projects are easy enough for nearly any DIY enthusiast to tackle solo because they don’t require extensive expertise and they’re not particularly dangerous. But for massive plans like gut jobs or home additions, just for example, you might want to hire a professional construction company that has undergone training from a reputable organization like Construction Safety Experts. This will help to ensure that you don’t get in over your head and suffer accident, injury, or property damage as a result.