Running a household can get expensive. From needing monthly budgets for food, utilities, car repairs and education, having money on hand for home repairs can be an almost impossible feat. For this reason, many households have decided to try their hand at accomplishing these repairs themselves. With research online and asking experts questions, homeowners are taking the DIY plunge more and more.
While trying to save a few bucks is admirable, DIY home repairs can often leave you out of pocket more to have an expert fix further issues than to have had them do it right to begin with. More important than money, safety is a huge factor. In recognition of June being National Safety Month, let’s review the importance of basic safety measures for common DIY projects around the home.
- When replacing or upgrading a lighting fixture or electrical outlet, ensure that your breaker is turned off. To be extra safe, use a voltage meter to confirm that there is no electrical current at the outlet after you’ve flipped the breaker.
- Climbing in the attic to add some additional insulation? When climbing high to service your home, ensure that you have the right equipment. Should the area that you’re reaching for be too far, don’t stretch out your grasp. For tall access areas, use proper height ladders. Do not stack smaller ladders on chairs, counters, etc. Make sure that even when you do have the right ladder that you have someone to brace the ladder at the bottom, too.
- Whatever your DIY project may entail, avoid making a mess. After inspecting your job for full completion, thoroughly remove or pack up any tools or materials left. Make an efficient sweep of the place to ensure that no sharp nails are left out, slippery liquids are wiped up, and no tools are left out as a tripping hazard.