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Stay safe on your home improvement project


When you start a home improvement project, it’s a good idea to take some precautions that will keep any mess and disturbance to a minimum. Be prepared before you start any work and remember safety comes first.

Preparation

Remember to prepare before your start your project – read all the instructions, use dust sheets, protect your well-being.

If you’re in doubt about your personal capabilities, call in professional help to do the whole job or just the parts you’re unsure about.

Personal Safety

Choosing the right clothing is important. For most DIY task around the home, it’s best to opt for old and reasonably close fitting clothing, reducing the risk of getting caught on any tools or machinery you are using.

Consider sturdy safety boots or shoes with toe-cap reinforcement. These will protect your feet when you’re handling heavy materials like bricks or stone slabs, as well as plasterboard, wooden sheets or large sections of timber.

Safety Equipment

Impact resistant safety glasses or goggles are a must if working on tasks that will create dust and debris, if you are using power tools.

Always protect your hearing if you are using power tools. Even if the noise isn’t loud enough to damage your ears, you’ll find yourself becoming tired more quickly.

Hard Hats and Helmets

Protect your lungs from dust as well as from invisible fumes. Different masks are designed to provide different degrees and types of protection – from a simple gauze that screens out fine particles to a full facial respirator that isolates you from poisonous fumes. Don’t forget that simple tasks such as sanding and using many power tools will create dust and debris – make sure you are protected!

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