Apr 29 2020

Safe At Home- Do It Yourself Projects

DIY which means Do It Yourself…sounds fun, right? While you are adhering to social distancing guidelines and staying home more, it’s a lot harder to ignore all of the DIY projects that you wanted (needed ?) to complete and never had the time. Or maybe as you flip on HGTV or start scrolling through Pinterest, you get creative and want to make some changes around the house. So, what do you do? If you are like me you go to YouTube!
YouTube has given us all the confidence we need for projects we don’t readily know how to perform; you know that “I can fix anything” feeling… “I just need to watch a YouTube video”. Well, let me tell you, that doesn’t always work out to be the best idea for some of us novices because YouTube doesn’t always show us how things can go wrong during projects. I think it’s normal for us to focus on safety in our work environments because we have an obligation to be our brother’s keeper, but we do not always have that same obligation to ourselves or family when we are performing our DIY projects. Here are a few tips to help keep you safe and ensure you are able to stay safe at home as you complete DIY projects:

Prepare a first aid kit - accidents happen. We want to take every proactive measure to prevent accidents but unfortunately, they happen. By preparing a first aid kit, you will be prepared for quick treatment of any injury that may occur. First aid kits could include:
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Triple-antibiotic ointment
  • Sterile gauze
  • Elastic bandages
  • Medical adhesive wipes
  • Triangular bandages
Understand ladder safety - According to CDC, every year 500,000 people are treated and 300 people die from ladder falls. Here are a few tips from OSHA to keeps us safe on ladders:
  • Read and follow all labels & markings on the ladder.
  • Avoid electrical hazards: look for overhead power lines before handling a ladder.
  • Always inspect a ladder prior to using it. If damage, discard or repair.
  • Always maintain 3 points (two hands and a foot or two feet and a hand) contact on the ladder when climbing.
  • Ladder should be free of any slippery material.
  • Do not use top rung/step of ladder unless it was designed for it.
  • Do not shift or move ladder while a person is on the ladder.
  • Be sure that all locks on an extension ladder are properly engaged.
  • Do not exceed the maximum load rating of the ladder.

Use tools properly - Here are some basic safety rules when using hand or power tools:
  • Keep all tools in good condition with regular maintenance.
  • Use the right tool for the job.
  • Examine each tool before use and do not used damaged tools.
  • Operate tools according to the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Always use proper personal protective equipment such as safety glasses and gloves.
  • Wear appropriate apparel for the task. Loose clothing nd jewelry can become caught in moving parts.
  • For more details checkout: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3080.pdf

Know your limits - Just because we have seen it on YouTube doesn’t mean we can do it. If you do not feel comfortable doing something, call a professional; they can most likely do it in half the time you can and it could save you time and money. We don’t want to end up on a highlight reel

So no matter how many projects we want to take on and how much confidence we get from our online searches… always be safe in your adventures. Think before you act so you can be SAFE at HOME!
Beth Goodwin

Athletic Trainer