Making your own stuff and indulging in DIYs can be great fun until there is scope for getting hurt. When dealing with tools there are possibilities of getting injured if you don’t take proper safety measures while using them or even while storing them.
Before using your tools or starting up any new projects you must ensure you have the right sort of equipment in the right environment and have taken care of all possible ways to tackle hazards. Here is a list of things you must tick off before handling any tools at home:
Sharp tools must be covered
It’s no secret that sharp tools can call for disaster if mishandled. When storing or carrying these tools, make sure to cover them in a sheath or holsters to avoid unwanted accidents like getting your hand cut.
Wearing the right shoes
Just like covering sharp tools, you must wear the right shoes while using tools like hammers or any other sharp tools. There is a chance of you dropping the hammer and it landing on your feet while fixing or building something.
Scan your surrounding
Depending on the kind of DIY project you’re making, you must select an area for the same. It is preferred you work in a spacious and empty working space rather than a crowded space. This can give you the freedom to move and to keep your tools. If you’re not working on something big and are fixing up a few things, it’s still important to gauge your environment, for example, you don’t want to be using or leaving tools out with kids around.
Gloves & protective gear
Protective gear such as gloves, aprons, and glasses can help to reduce the number of injuries that can be caused while using tools. They protect essential parts of your body especially the eyes which are delicate and can be caused serious harm if not protected.
Holding nails the right way
Holding nails while hammering them in can be tricky. If you’re already experienced with nails then make sure you hold the nail with your thumb and index finger and hit carefully. If you’re rather new to this then you can opt for holding the nail in place with a plier so as to reduce the risk of hammering your fingers!
Throw away old tools
When tools get worn out, they can be brittle and break easily. Avoid using tools with rust, cracked handles or surfaces to reduce the risk of mishaps. This is because while using them they may break and hurt you or damage the materials you are working with.
Make sure you wash your hands
While using tools, make sure you wash your hands and dry them well to avoid tools from slipping out of your hands. If you have oily, greasy or wet hands, wiping them would be a better option before handling any tools.
Working with tools is fun and making your own stuff is even better but while you’re having fun, don’t forget these essential things to avoid accidents!