With the rise of DIY enthusiasts and the rising cost of everything, handling a home renovation project on your own has never been more popular. You deserve to live in a beautiful home, and many of the projects that you can do around the home are absolutely within your skillset. Simple updates can make a huge difference, and not being afraid to do the dirty work can cut out a lot of labor hours (and costs) if you are working with a contractor.
You never want to jump into any renovation project without first considering your safety. Planning and having the right personal protective equipment (PPE) is very important. The last thing you want is to hurt yourself or damage your home. With these PPE tools and accessories, you can better protect yourself and your surroundings, so don’t start your next renovation project without them.
The materials you use might be heavy, the tools you use might be dangerous, and there is always a risk when it comes to building something inside or outside your home. One of the most common injuries? Stubbed toes. Dropping items on your toes. Stepping on unsafe materials. The good news is that it is easy to protect your feet when you are working on a project, and that is with the right boots. Women’s or men’s work boots usually come with a steel toe and thick soles to protect your feet. When you aren’t renovating, you can get more use out of these boots by taking them with you on hikes!
Glasses or Goggles
Your eyes are very sensitive and will be at risk during almost any DIY project that involves tools. Never start cutting, sawing, or using chemicals without wearing glasses or goggles. At best, your eyes may be irritated from an airborne contaminant; at worst, something might fly out, and the shrapnel might hit your eye.
You’ll want a heavier-duty mask than you got used to wearing during the coronavirus pandemic. Just as your eyes are at risk, there are also risks involved with inhaling various materials. The mask you use will depend on the work as well. What you need to protect yourself from airborne sawdust, for example, will be different than if you are working with chemicals.
Your hands are also very sensitive, so where necessary, wear thick work gloves to protect your hands from splinters and minimize other damage. The gloves you use should be the same ones construction workers wear, as these provide the best protection.
You will want to find clothes that are thick and can protect your skin. If you are painting or using chemicals, you won’t likely wear these clothes every day again, so find something you don’t mind becoming your official ‘work clothes’. They should be long-sleeved and full length, so your skin isn’t exposed and is, therefore, a little bit protected from the various accidents that can happen when you DIY.