PPE When Working on Your Home

Home improvement projects are exciting, especially when you take the DIY route. Rolling up your sleeves to put the finishing touches on your new man cave, or tackle that pesky kitchen refurb can be extra rewarding. But, just as when you hire a contractor, completing the job yourself calls for the utmost safety measures to be taken. When it comes to home improvement safety tips, wearing PPE safety equipment is the most self-explanatory, and knowing what to look for is half the battle.

Not wearing PPE while attempting to complete tasks using heavy hardware and tools is like stepping into a minefield, and awareness of these dangers is essential for knowing the correct way to stay safe.

Home improvement projects are exciting, especially when you take the DIY route. Rolling up your sleeves to put the finishing touches on your new man cave, or tackle that pesky kitchen refurb can be extra rewarding. But, just as when you hire a contractor, completing the job yourself calls for the utmost safety measures to be taken. When it comes to home improvement safety tips, wearing PPE safety equipment is the most self-explanatory, and knowing what to look for is half the battle.

The Dangers of Not Wearing PPE

According to the National Safety Council, 23.8 million preventable injuries occurred in people’s homes in 2016 largely due to the fault of the injured parties. Taking on heavy-duty DIY projects is an easy way to end up as a statistic, and understanding the risks helps us to recognize the importance of wearing PPE at home.

Here are a few of the common ways you can hurt yourself during home improvements.

  • Cutting Yourself: Whether gardening, sawing, or completing any task using sharp tools, cutting yourself is a distinct possibility. If a blade is too blunt or rusted, or if you simply lose control of it, a bad cut can put you in the ICU in no time at all, as well the distinct risk of tetanus and other infections.
  • Falling Objects: If your project is garden-based or focused on the maintenance of trees and tall bushes, then you are at some risk of head injury from falling branches and plant life. Getting a nasty knock to the head is bad enough, but can be catastrophic if you’re already up a ladder, so protecting your noggin is essential.
  • Eye Injury: When sanding, welding, power-sawing, or simply mowing your lawn, your eyes are at risk of injury from contact with dust and debris. If an injury is bad enough you could lose your vision, or worse, an eye/both.

And these are just a few of the common injuries that demonstrate the importance of wearing the right work safety gear during home projects.

What to Wear?

To avoid any of the nasty injuries described above investing in some personal PPE is essential. But it can be hard to know exactly what you’re looking for. It’s vital to know what pieces of safety wear can protect you against common home improvement risks, but luckily we at No Cry have everything you need to stay safe when working on your project.

  • Safety Gloves: To protect your hands from sharp tools and blades you should use a set of sturdy cut-resistant gloves. We stock a wide range of gloves, made from spandex, polyethylene, and fortified with fiberglass to protect your finger from a variety of tasks and hazards. Whether you need fortified fingers or silicone grip dots, we have the safety gloves you need for everything from whittling to handling razor wire! Check out our complete range of safety gloves here.
  • Headgear: When handling a chainsaw or powered hedge trimmers there are a number of steps you need to take to achieve total safety. You need a hard hat to protect your crown, ear muffs to block out the sound, and ideally glasses to keep your eyes safe from debris. With our forestry helmet, there’s no need for separate purchases, as our design offers comprehensive all-in-one protection. With a hardhat, double-layered face shield, and earmuffs all built into one lightweight piece of durable headgear, you can be confident when working throughout the day. Check out this helmet in detail here.
  • PPE Safety Glasses/Goggles: Your eyes are too valuable not to protect, so a good pair of safety glasses or goggles is a must-have for any tasks that are heavy on the release of dust and debris. Our ranges cover everything from stylish safety sunglasses to heavy-duty anti-fog goggles, as well as our hybrid models for the tasks that fall somewhere in between. Also, many of our models are designed to fit comfortably around your prescription glasses, so you don’t have to choose between sight and security! For our full range of goggles click here, and to check out our glasses in more detail click here.

And our range doesn’t end there, with our line of products covering everything you need for proper PPE protection whether at home or even in a professional workplace context. To check out our complete range of safety equipment and more, follow this link.

Final Thoughts

Proper safety and health go hand in hand when it comes to DIY and home improvements. There’s no point in sprucing up your kitchen if you have no eyes to see it with, or are missing fingers for cooking with. Be careful and kind to yourself and use the correct PPE when tackling large-scale home projects, because if you aren’t the consequences could cast a pretty dark shadow over the fruits of your labor. No amount of impressed neighbors and friends will make up for a serious injury.

At No Cry, we are committed to creating and selling elegant safety equipment solutions for home and industrial use. Shop from our range today so you can be confident in your own safety when taking on the home improvement project you’ve been planning for so long.