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DIY Home Project Safety Tips from 3M and the Home Safety Council


Recently, 3M and Meri-K Appy, President of the Home Safety Council(HSC) took to the road with a safety campaign to help consumers and especially DIY project enthusiasts understand the need to wear safety equipment, when doing chores around the yard, garage or when completing renovation projects.

Doing home tasks safely is certainly not a new concept, but it's one that is slow to resonate with many. According to Home Safety Council's survey, even those who have been injured on the home front are still reluctant to make safety equipment an important part of their tool box. But it should be!

If you thought wearing personal protection gear such as safety glasses, face masks, gloves and the like, were more for blue-collar workers in an industry setting, think again. You can get hurt simply doing the most routine maintenance tasks around the home, yet many injuries are preventable, if you wear the right protective gear for the job.

And if style is your main reason for not wearing safety gear, you'll be glad to know that safety glasses have become quite trendy and no one needs to know you care about your eyesight, unless you want to brag about your new safe shades.

Planning a DIY project this year? Remember to include important safety equipment when you make up your supplies list. And follow these Home Safety Council and 3M safety tips to complete your projects and maintenance tasks safely.

Home Safety Council - Home Project Safety Tips
  • Keep a stocked first aid kit near every work area.
  • Read and follow manufacturer's instructions and warnings on tools, power equipment and building materials.
  • Oily rags can self-combust. Hang them outside to dry. Then throw them away in a metal can with a lid.
  • Wear goggles, ear plugs, masks, hard hats and safety vests if the directions say to do this. Wear chemical safety glasses when using hazardous solvents and cleaning products. Wear safety glasses with side shields when using power tools. If you allow someone to watch you work, make sure they wear protective gear too.
  • Keep children out of your work area.
  • Do not wear any loose or dangling clothing or jewelry that could become caught in moving parts.
  • Keep your work area clean and free from clutter.
  • Keep power equipment in good condition. Repair or replace damaged tools.
  • Use heavy duty extension cords for tools such as trimmers and edgers that are listed by a testing laboratory such as ETL or UL for outdoor use.
  • Unplug the power cord before you do any trouble-shooting on a tool that is jammed or won't start.
  • Never walk away from a plugged-in-power tool, even for a few minutes.
  • Follow basic ladder safety rules whenever climbing.
  • Learn more from the Home Safety Council
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