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Get into the habit of visualising the renovation job ahead from a safety-first point of view using some of these tips that might save you from accidental injury.

Safety tips

Here are some basic safety tips to increase your awareness of safe working habits:
  • Always work patiently. If you become confused or frustrated or in too much of a hurry you're more likely to make a mistake or have an accident. If this feeling comes on, step away for a moment or take a break.
  • Read and follow the specific safety rules of every tool and material you will be using.
  • Ladders are one of the main causes of DIY accidents. Erect the ladder according to the manufacturer's instructions and never lean to one side as you could lose balance.
  • Unplug tools when changing blades or making adjustments.

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    • Wear heavy soled boots on any construction site, rubber soles when working on the roof and gloves while handling timber.
    • Wear protective eyewear when power tools are in use and when chiseling,
      sanding, scraping or hammering overhead, especially if you wear contact lenses.
    • Wear ear protection when using power tools.
    • Always keep a chemical fire extinguisher in the house. Never use water to put
      out a fire in an electrical appliance. 
  • When using a power drill, choose a model that has a plastic non-conducting body.Avoid wearing loose clothing or jewellery, which could get caught in the drill.
  • Wear a respirator or face mask when sanding or sawing or using substances with toxic fumes.
  • When painting or using any material that generates toxic fumes or dust keep the room well ventilated. Never smoke while painting or standing close to a freshly painted area.
  • If you have long hair, tie it back securely.
  • Keep work surfaces and traffic areas free from scraps and debris.
  • Don't drill, shape or saw anything that isn't firmly secured.
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  • Choose appropriate tools for the job and keep them all in good working 
    condition. It's worth investing in high quality equipment as this will be safer and will probably do the job quicker.
  • Keep blades sharp. A dull blade requires excessive force and can slip and cause accidents.
  • Don't work with power tools when you are tired. That's when most accidents
  • Keep tools out of reach of small children and pets. Store them in a box or a
    secure rack.
  • If an object is too heavy or awkward get help to move it and always bend from the knees when picking up large and heavy items.
  • Wear a hard-hat when working under or around overhead construction.
  • Keep a full First Aid Kit handy.
  • Check local building codes and permit requirements before beginning work.
  • Remember, always plan the job before you start work and try to visualise all of its phases with a strong safety awareness.
  • Never, ever bypass safety to save money or to rush a project.
  • And once more in case you missed it, if you get tired, please have a break.