Do-it-yourself (DIY) projects are becoming more and more popular. While paying a general contractor in Washington will ensure that your project gets done right the first time, there are some occasions where homeowners prefer to do smaller repairs on their own.
If you are interested in working on various things around your house, you need to invest in protective gear to ensure your safety. Keep in mind that you are doing the work yourself because you want to save money. It would be counterproductive if you end up with a medical bill because you chose to put yourself at risk by working on your home without the proper protection gear.
Here are protective gear must-haves when doing various DIY projects at home:
• Dust Masks and Respirators – Dust masks and respirators are among the most important since they protect your breathing. Repair work and cleaning, particularly on areas that are often neglected and build up debris, like the attic, are more dangerous than most people think. The attic alone can contain airborne contaminants and pathogens from small animals and rodents that can readily cause serious infection and diseases when inhaled by humans. Be sure to differentiate dust masks from respirators so that you will be able to use the one most appropriate to the work you are going to do. Dust masks are limited to filtering dust, debris, and dirt to keep them from entering your nose and mouth. Respirators use a filter and cartridge system that traps contaminants to purify the air before it passes through the respiratory system.
• Gloves – A pair of gloves will protect your hands from toxic substances, abrasions, or even minor accidents or accidental electrical exposure. Gloves are made from different materials, and each one provides varying protection like electrical insulation, chemical resistance, or thermal insulation, among others. Make sure to use the correct material for the work you are going to do.
• Hearing protection such as ear plugs and head phones – This gear is commonly neglected since hearing damage is not immediately felt. However, if you are constantly exposed to loud noise when you work, it is best to use some form of hearing protection to prevent problems from developing over time.
• Boots – Boots protect your toes and add a layer of protection from debris being exposed to your feet and lower legs. If you’re going to work with heavy objects that can fall on your feet, heavy-duty steel-toed boots provide more protection.
Remember that your safety should always come first when doing any home repair or maintenance. Alternatively, you can save time and money by having your home remodeling project done right the first time with a licensed, bonded, and insured contractor like Seattle’s own Washington State Kitchen & Bath.