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Any time that you decide to tackle a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) project on your own, whether you are a seasoned pro or just beginning your very first project, you face being one of the hundreds of thousands of Americans sent to the ER each year as a result of home improvement accidents. No one is excluded or immune from the possibility of such accidents, so it’s always a good idea to include a safety plan into your home improvement plan, and better yet, to be aware of how to prevent certain accidents from occurring in the first place.

1. Keep a well stocked first aid kit nearby. No one wants to get a minor cut or burn only to discover that their first aid kit hasn’t been stocked or even opened in nearly a decade. While a first aid kit may not be useful for major injuries, a good kit can definitely address any minor issues that come up and get you back to work quickly and comfortably.

2. Dress and accessorize appropriately. Dress safely and smartly, and never wear any jewelry or clothing that you care about getting ruined. Avoid loose articles and baggy sleeves that could get caught on moving parts, and wear goggles and earplugs, if necessary, to protect your eyes and minimize damage from loud tools.

3. Stay aware of your surroundings and workspace. This is especially true if you are working with others, or if there are pets or small children nearby. Make sure you know who is in your work area at all times, and never leave your space unattended. If you do have to leave your workspace, make sure that all power tools are turned off and unplugged, and that any potentially dangerous or sharp materials are placed out of children’s reach.

4. Take care of your workspace and tools. The best way to ensure that your tools last and work properly for years after purchase is to practice proper use and maintenance. Handle your tools properly and as instructed, and take them apart and put them away carefully when done using them. On the other hand, always inspect tools before starting any new projects and never, ever use a tool that has been damaged.

5. If something makes you uncomfortable, don’t do it. Home improvement projects are one area of your life where your intuition should be trusted. If something doesn’t feel right, or you are hesitant in any way, don’t push it and consider seeking the advice of a professional. A successful DIY project is one that is enacted carefully and safely, and home improvement projects should never be rushed or carried out sloppily. The smallest details can make the biggest differences in your project, so make sure that it is not only done right the first time, but that you never have to leave your comfort zone in order to do it.

If you are in the South Florida area, your first step for any DIY home improvement project should be a stop at Shell Lumber in Miami. Not only do we carry the largest supply of tools and building materials that can be found anywhere, but our helpful team of knowledgable experts is here for you to offer general advice and tips to make sure that your job gets done both correctly and safely.


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