Check out these five types of safety equipment you need for DIY projects.
Moms know the importance of being properly prepared whenever they leave the house.
When it comes to DIY projects around the house, we leave our safety to chance by grabbing any safety equipment that may be lying around, if any at all.
5 Types of Safety Equipment You Need for DIY Projects
Before embarking on that next DIY adventure, take time to find a quality safety boot.
A boot with minimal traction increases your chances of slipping and offers little to no protection or support for your feet.
The right safety boot will provide a sturdy, non-slip sole and feel comfortable the moment you put it on, requiring little to no break-in time.
Composite toe boots are very similar to steel-toe boots and offer excellent protection without the added weight.
Most people make the mistake of not protecting their eyes during routine household chores or DIY projects.
An estimated 90% of all eye injuries could have been prevented with safety eyeglasses.
Sadly, only 35% of individuals protect their eyes consistently while doing DIY projects and repairs at home.
Safety eyeglasses are inexpensive, so there’s no reason why you should haven’t several pair around the house.
Too often people don’t realize how loud outdoor power equipment and power tools are, with many falling into the 90-105dB range.
Since hearing loss is a serious risk from prolonged exposure to sounds in the 90dB or higher ranges, wearing the right hearing protection is critical.
Earmuffs are an easy solution that can reduce noise by 20dB or more.
Available in a variety of protection levels, most are easily collapsible, and many include active noise canceling.
Earplugs are another option, although they do not offer the same level of protection, and many find them uncomfortable to use.
Work gloves should be in every toolbox to keep your hands and fingers safe.
As with most safety equipment, there are several different types of gloves available, depending on the kind of task you are doing.
For most DIY projects, you will want to purchase a pair of lightweight cloth, canvas, or leather gloves that fit snugly on your hands.
Gloves should provide the right amount of protection, while still offering tactile sensation.
If you are working with heat or chemicals, be sure to find gloves specifically designed for these tasks.
Masks and Respirators
Mask and respirators are great ways to keep from breathing in mold, fiberglass, asbestos, and other toxic airborne particulates, especially during demolition work.
Respirator masks are an absolute must when doing this type of work, as well as for working in enclosed areas, as they provide more protection than disposable masks.
Respirators have replaceable filters and are made to be comfortable.
With the increasing popularity of online videos and home improvement shows, it’s no wonder many families are taking on DIY tasks around the house.
Following these tips will help keep you safe while taking on these fun adventures.