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Safety Tips for Do-it-Yourself Projects

Aug 24, 2008
Falling housing values mean people are staying where they are, more and more families are turning to DIY solutions to upgrade their homes.

But while the number of DIY enthusiasts rises, so do common workplace injuries including smashed fingers and sprained wrists.

"I hear stories all the time about people mixing the wrong chemicals or starting projects that are really above their level of expertise," says TV personality and Redback Tools owner, Jake Tyson.

"Most accidents can be avoided if people simply take the time to read instructions and use the necessary safety gear."

Tyson recommends people follow these safety measures when tackling DIY projects at home.

Jake's Top DIY Safety Tips

1. Always read instructions. Read instructions particularly on paints, glues or anything containing chemicals. Not only will you achieve the best results from the product, you will avoid dangerous reactions of mixing incompatible chemicals together!

2. Always wear the recommended safety gear. Eye protection, gloves and proper footwear are essential for most DIY jobs and are the easiest way to avoid injury. Users and bystanders should always wear safety goggles when using striking tools such as mallets or hammers. Make sure you are using approved safety goggles.

3. Use the correct tool for the job. Always use the right tool for the job and never use a damaged tool. For example hammers should be discarded if the face is chipped or the shaft is damaged.

4. Ask questions. If you don't know which product you need for a job; the type of glue, paint or cement, ask a DIY expert at your local hardware store, they're a fantastic resource. The internet is another great place to research the best way to get a job done right.

5. Get some help. Most jobs can be done faster and better with two people. And for jobs involving a ladder, two people are essential.

6. Never do anything involving electrical wiring or circuitry unless you are a trained electrician. Some things are best left to the experts.
About the Author
Jake Tyson is a contractor, TV personality and founder of Redback Tools. He has spent the past 8 years redesigning common hand tools to make them safer, more effective and efficient. See Jake Tyson demonstrate DIY projects, step-by-step at HHMan.net.
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