As
homeowners, we are always looking for ways to improve our home’s curb
appeal. One of the quickest ways to enhance the appearance of your
house is with a renovation. Whether it is replacing the windows,
upgrading the siding, or adding a deck, a remodeling project not only
adds to the looks of your home, it can increase its resale value as
well.
Unfortunately,
renovation projects are essentially a small construction site, which
means there are a lot of ways to get hurt. Use these tips during your
next remodeling project to make sure it is as safe as possible.
  • Check your
    contractor’s licensing and insurance.
    The
    most important step in a safe remodeling project is an experienced
    contractor that knows what they are doing. Choose a contractor which
    is licensed in your respective state and can provide proof of
    insurance – you don’t want to be held personally liable if someone
    gets hurt on your property.
  • Wear protective
    gear.
    Proper safety gear
    depends on the project, but generally speaking, you should always be
    wearing at least safety glasses, gloves, and a hard hat. If you are
    painting, you will want to wear a mask to avoid inhaling the
    dangerous fumes.
  • Dispose of flammable
    materials.
    With all of the
    lumber, sawdust, cardboard, and paint present at most renovation
    sites, fire safety should always be a priority. Properly dispose of
    all flammable debris, make the work site a no-smoking zone, and have
    an ABC portable fire extinguisher readily available in the event of
    an emergency.
  • Dumpster safety.
    Believe it or not, dumpsters
    are a common site for injuries in these situations. Keep the path
    from the work site to the dumpster as short as possible and clear of
    tripping hazards, and always load the dumpster evenly to prevent
    tipping. Try to compact the garbage as much as possible, but never
    enter the dumpster to stomp or jump on the debris – you are asking
    to step on a loose nail.
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