Tackling DIY projects can be satisfying, just make sure you don't end up in the hospital. Porch.com analyzed data from ER visits and found that ladders caused the most injuries for DIYers, followed by hardware (nails, screws, etc.), lawn mowers and power saws. The report also found that more people were hurt using cleaning agents than chainsaws. Remember: "No matter how modest your home improvement project may appear, exercise caution and focus at every stage."
Consider these tips from the safety consulting and certification company Underwriter Laboratories:
- Use the "4-to-1 rule" for ladders: For every four feet of height, the base should be one foot away from the wall.
- Protect your eyes by wearing safety goggles when operating power tools, and avoid wearing bracelets, watches or loose-fitting clothing.
- When painting inside, ensure proper ventilation by opening windows, using fans and wearing a respirator mask. Take breaks often to get away from the fumes.
- Be aware of where other people (and pets) in the household are at all times, and keep your workspace clean and well-lit.
- Know your limits. If you don't feel comfortable with a specific tool or project, call a professional rather than risk getting hurt.