Safety must be very high on your priorities if you are starting DIY home staging upgrades or renovations. Whether you are working with a home staging firm or taking on the project yourself, you will definitely be doing some of the upgrades and tasks yourself, so keeping yourself and your family safe should not be neglected.
DIY home improvement projects are the growing trend among homeowners because of the savings on cost, especially when you factor the expenses for professional labor. If you are choosing to do most or all of the home staging work on your own, then you should not take any shortcuts with regards to safety procedures or even the equipment or materials you will be using, because any cost-efficiency solutions should not create undue hazards or risks in your home improvement projects.
Here are safety reminders to always keep in mind when you’re working around the home:
Start off by reading the instructions. Before attempting to operate any machinery or trying new equipment, the manual should be read and understood first. Don’t rely on your intuition or guesswork. Always follow the manufacturer’s specifications to the letter.
Use protective gear. Safety glasses are always a must because most eye injuries occur while doing DIY home projects. Airborne particulates are dangerous and can come from anything and anywhere, so your eyes should be protected at all times (and sunglasses or prescription glasses are not to be used as replacements). Also, wear the right clothing to protect yourself, such as pants or shoes when working around hot materials. Avoid dangling or loose-fitting clothing when working with spinning tools.
Fashion isn’t really necessary. There’s no need for you to display excessive jewelry, watches, or other accessories while working on your home staging projects. Not only are they cumbersome and get in the way of tasks, but they can also cause accidents when stuck in machines. Remember to pull your hair up if it’s long.
Treat electricity with a lot of respect. Prior to plugging in electric-powered tools, be sure the switch is turned off. Ensure that you are at a safe distance from any pools of water or damp surfaces while operating electric tools and that you are wearing rubber-soled footwear. Of course, remember never to leave electric-powered equipment plugged in or running, even if it’s just for a short time. They should be stored properly and far from children’s reach.
Use ladders correctly. Inspect the ladder before using it, and make sure it is perched on a stable, level surface before getting on. A usual suggestion is the 4-to-1 in ladder placement: for every 4 feet of ladder height, the bottom of the ladder should correspond with one foot away from the wall or learning object.