7. Safety Tips for Weekend Do-It-Yourself Home Repairs

Many of us have a rather cavalier attitude about home improvements. We are convinced that we can tackle the project from start to finish and that no harm will befall us--even though we may be amateurs working with power tools or electricity at dizzying heights.

You can greatly reduce your risk of injury by employing these proven safety techniques:

*Do your own electrical work only if you have the necessary skills and knowledge
* Keep a tidy work area to avoid creating your own hazards
* Dress for safety: wear sturdy clothing, boots, gloves and safety glasses
* Keep drill bits, blades and cutters sharp; dull tools are dangerous
* Make sure your ladder is on a flat, firm surface and never stand on the top two rungs
* Wear a mask to avoid breathing dust and fibers and learn how to handle hazardous materials
* Equip your house and garage with fire extinguishers
* Keep a good first-aid kit on hand

Eliminating risky practices will free you to enjoy your home improvement project and the results of your work.  If you'd like information on which home improvement projects may increase your home's value, please don't hesitate to call or send me an email.
Ryan Gillen


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