Safety When Renovating

Home Reno Safety

We all think we know better when it comes to health and safety, especially in our own homes. However, like it or not, it is just important to take precautions when we are renovating as it is at work. As silly as it may seem to some, it is always better to take the extra measures rather than putting yourself and your family at risk.  

 

Plan ahead

It is important to know what exactly you are doing before you even start the process. Lack of planning can end in unnecessary disaster and cost you much more financially. This includes knowing exactly what you want out of your project, and the timeline for achieving this.

 

Building Structure

Failing to make sure whether the core structure of the building is solid and secure is a serious mistake that many home renovators make. Starting renovations on a structurally unstable house can lead to irreparable damage such as roof and load-bearing wall collapses. It might be time to call in a professional to help with this one, you can never be too safe.

 

Know when to call the pros

Everyone loves a DIY, but it’s important to know when you’re getting out of your depth. There is no shame in hiring professionals to assist with your renovation endeavours. The safety of both you and your house is more important than cutting a few corners when it comes to cost. Accidentally knocking down a load-bearing wall, or even hitting a plumbing pipe can have disastrous consequences.

 

Safety Gear

Acquiring the correct and necessary safety gear for your project is just as important as having the right tools. Safety hats, steel cap boots, and dust masks can save you from unnecessary harm. This isn’t limited to PPE, making sure your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers are all in working order is equally important.

 

Dust Safety

Dust is a big risk when it comes to those with sensitive airways, particularly babies and small children. Be aware of the amount of dust present during the renovations. 

If you are working on an older house, then testing for asbestos prior to starting renovations is crucial in ensuring the safety of anyone entering the house. Exposure to asbestos at any level can have damaging long-term effects such as cancer, lung scarring, and other airway-related diseases.

 

Clean and clear workspace

Keeping your tools and materials organised and in one area helps avoid accidents. Tripping over power cables or standing on stray nails is easily done and happens far too often during these types of projects. Having a designated workstation that you regularly clean is the best way to avoid these kinds of mistakes.

 

Mental Health

Renovations can be overwhelming at the best of times. All that added physical and financial pressure can really build up. Keeping your daily routine as normal as possible around the renovations is a great way from letting this consume your whole life. Being buried in the chaos of your DIY projects and straying too far from your healthy habits can have a negative impact on your mental wellbeing. Separating your living space from your renovation space helps combat the feelings of overwhelming stress.