5 Rules for Home Improvement Safety

You have finally decided to tackle those home improvement jobs in your house.  Use common sense and follow these 5 safety tips to get the job completed right and avoid a trip to the emergency room.

1. Check on building codes before you start any home remodeling projects. Building codes are intended to protect you, your family and your home, which is probably your largest financial investment.

2. Check your electrical system and make sure it is able to handle power tools. Don’t overload your circuit and make sure your outlets and power tools are properly grounded.

3. If using a table saw for your project, always employ the use of hold-downs and push sticks to keep your fingers out of harm’s way.

4. Never use a power saw to cut tiny pieces of wood or tile. It is better to cut small pieces off of a larger piece of material.

5.  A sturdy stepladder will make lots of quick fixes easier, from changing light bulbs to painting a room to cleaning gutters to replacing a smoke alarm battery. If you don’t already own one, get one. Invest in a good ladder, and use it for all those out-of-reach projects.

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