More than 4 million people who undergo home improvement projects get injured each year.
Thatís why itís important for any do-it-yourself fan to keep a first-aid kit, safety goggles, leather gloves, good shoes, ear protection and a dust mask handy.
And, donít start on the project without keeping the following precautions in mind:
- Ladders. Falls from this common household item cause more than 160,000 injuries yearly. To prevent ladder spills, wear nonskid shoes and avoid reaching or stepping over the safe-standing step (two rungs from the top of a stepladder or four rungs from the top of a standard ladder).
- Electric wires. Use rubber-grip tools and avoid touching base wires.
- Power tools. Itís simple. Read the manual.
- Call a professional. Call the experts if the materials for your project go over $5,000.
óadapted from Better Homes & Gardens, Weekend Makeovers
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