It’s rewarding to complete a DIY improvement project and save money while increasing the value of your home. Here are some simple and practical DIY safety precautions to minimize risk while working on your house.

1. Exercise Caution When Working with Electricity

Your home’s electrical current can be dangerous. While everyone understands this in theory, errors still happen that can cause serious injury. Always turn off the power at the source when repairing or inspecting electrical appliances, fixtures, and connections. If you have a flood, turn off the power to prevent electricity from mixing with water.

2. DIY Safety Precautions for Ladders

The majority of ladder injuries are caused by incorrect ladder positioning. The 4-to-1-rule states that the bottom of the ladder should be one foot away from any item or wall that it is leaning on for every four feet of ladder height. Always use a ladder that is sturdy, level, and in a locked position. Many accidents happen when people use ladders that aren’t suitable for the job.

3. Wear a Dust Mask or Respirator

Wearing a mask over your mouth and nose doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting all the protection you need. Some respirators filter out particles while others block dangerous fumes. Research your project to learn what kind of protection to wear over your nose and mouth.

4. Dress for Safety

Dress comfortably and sensibly to stay safe when working. When using hand tools, hammers, or other equipment, always wear safety goggles. Don’t wear jewelry or garments with loose sleeves or ties that could get entangled with the equipment.

5. DIY Safety Precautions for Painting

Painting is one of the easiest DIY home tasks. Always remember to ventilate the room. Use fans and open the windows to ventilate fumes from the paint outside. Wear a respirator and work in shorter intervals when you’re working in a room that’s difficult to ventilate. Select low or no-VOC paint for your project.

6. Take it Slow

You’re most likely to get injured when you rush through a project, so give yourself plenty of time to complete your work. Before you begin, make plans and read instructions and tutorials. Recognize your limitations and seek professional assistance if necessary. It’s also a good idea to ask for help from a friend, especially for major projects.

These easy DIY safety precautions will help you stay safe while completing projects at home. While you may be tempted to take shortcuts, you’ll have a better outcome with a careful and planned approach.

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