Working On Your Home Safely

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    Working On Your Home Safely

    Safety is a huge issue for those who suffer from OCD. Our minds are constantly thinking about “the worst case” scenario which often includes getting ourselves or those we love getting hurt. DIY projects around the home can be messy, yes, but there are also many hazards that come along with that. Thankfully there are systems and best practises that can help avoid the worst from happening.

    Here are some suggestions that can make your projects ones that end on a good note, with all limbs intact.

    Roof Work

    There are many sad stories that we hear about people hurting themselves when falling from heights. Construction projects are difficult enough without having to worry about tools and people slipping or moving unexpectedly. A free-standing guard rail is the best way to secure all the items on the roof, keeping large objects and people on the inside of the perimeter. You can also try anchoring or tethering certain objects to a secure spot.

    Electrical Work

    First of all, electrical work is not recommended for people who aren’t licenced to do it. However, if you are doing something simple like changing out the light fixture in your hallway or the likes, there is one thing you should always remember. Cut the energy! Go to your electrical panel and switch off the power supply to the area you are working on. That way, you don’t risk electrocution when someone accidentally wanted to take a “better look” at what you are doing. Work with a flashlight or battery-powered light source. Switch the fuse back when you’re all done to see it’s as it should be!

    Power Tools

    Most power tools that have blades now come with blade guards. They are there for a reason, don’t move them if they seem to be in the way. Before using a new tool, I suggest you jump online to see how the specific model operates and what to watch for if you don’t want to risk a trip to the hospital.

    Clean as You Go

    This might just sound like the OCD in me, but it’s actually an important safety habit to get into when working on projects in and around your home. It’s easy to slip on something like plastic wrapping or cardboard boxes, while sawdust can easily camouflage something sharp, example: broken glass, lying on the ground.

    It’s worth taking the time to set up your workspace for safe work. No one likes construction injuries and they are often so easily avoided.

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    Written by Jenson Phillips

    Hi, I'm Jenson. Father of two and living with OCD, read my musings on coping with both and maybe pick up some advice for yourself.