June is National Safety Month and, according to the Home Builder Institute Safety & Health Board, most injuries resulting from home maintenance and construction are preventable, so smart safety measures can help DIYers and construction workers avoid injuries.
Here Are 5 Tips Quick Tips For Your Safety
1. Use a ladder properly. Check for defects and loose or bent rungs before each use. Never carry equipment, materials or supplies up or down a ladder.
2. Take the correct measures to prevent eye injury. Safety glasses, goggles or full-face shields should be used when there is a possibility of splashing chemicals or flying dust, resulting from sawing, grinding or wind-blown conditions.
3. Wear a hard hat and gloves, when appropriate. Hard-hats or helmets should be worn when there is a possible hazard from falling or flying objects or when there is the possibility of striking the head on an object. Gloves should be used when working with chemicals or doing yard work, but should never be used with tools that have a spinning or twisting blade or bit because the glove could get caught.
4. Store power tools properly. All tools should have the battery removed or unplugged, and any bits should also be removed prior to storage. On portable electric saws, the blades should be fully retracted and all guards in place.
5. Clean up your dusty work area thoroughly. Wear an N-95 dust mask, available at any home improvement store, when using a HEPA vacuum and wet mop to clean up dust and debris. Remember that dust particles in sufficient quantity and size can be combustible.
If you’d like to learn more about home maintenance safety visit: www.hbi.org/Resources.aspx