All-round safety: must-have protective equipment for do-it-yourselfers
Scratches, bruises, cuts, eye injuries - that and more are the typical consequences of small and large carelessness in DIY. After all, 300,000 accidents occur each year, many of which could have been avoided with a little mindfulness and appropriate protective equipment.
Good order is half the job
Home improvement was already popular in the 1990s when the sitcom »Hör Who's hammering? "with Tim Allen on TV. The gag of the TV show was the implementation of Murphy's Law - everything that could go wrong went awry. However, whoever is a DIY king like Tim does not need health and safety.
Unfortunately, many people seem to take this motto too much to heart. As before, most household accidents happen. Do-it-yourself accidents are a big part of the statistics. Caution is better than forbearance, this phrase should take every DIY enthusiast to heart. On no major construction site may the helmet be missing. Consequently, home improvement should be careful to be properly equipped.
Many dangers in home improvement can be reduced by ensuring order. The required tool should be stored in a special place - even after use. Not only the garden house, the cellar or the local workbench is meant. Even on the local construction site Hammer and Co. should not lie around somewhere and be a stumbling hazard. In addition, do-it-yourselfers waste time when they have to search for their tools again and again.
Safe from head to toe
The construction site is anything but a beauty contest. Here safety has the highest priority. Even though the slippery jogging pants and long-running sneakers are the most popular garments on the home construction site, this clothing is not suitable for all work. For painting and wallpapering she is completely sufficient. For other work, however, a certain occupational safety applies. The following protective equipment must not be missing:
- Head: For work, where something can fall on your head, because on the floors above it, wearing a helmet is mandatory. This head protector is also worthwhile when working with low ceilings.
- Ears: The noise emitted by construction equipment is something few home improvement people worry about. Grinder, saw and Co. are usually only briefly in use. Even if it is loud, you usually take the noise only partially negative. Especially for heavy work you should not ignore the increased volume. With earplugs you protect your eavesdroppers from the unpleasant noise.
- Eyes: Do-it-yourself can get in the eye - in the truest sense of the word. For this reason, eye goggles are recommended - namely, whenever splinters and other small parts can be expected. Even when drilling in stone and concrete, small particles can damage the retina. In addition to these small parts, sparks, wires and metal fragments pose a danger.
- Respiratory: Home improvement neglects the protection of the respiratory tract most often. You see fine dust masks as annoying, because behind it accumulates moisture and makes breathing difficult. Anyone who does without the mask and performs demolition and sanding operations risks particulate matter entering the respiratory tract and causing damage that is of a long-term nature. Another risk that finds its way into the handyman's respiratory tract is mold spores that occur during renovations. Only a respirator protects the handyman from these and many other dangers.
- Hands: Protective gloves must not be missing for rough work. They protect the sensitive hands, especially the fingers and fingernails, from unpleasant injuries. Trends show that protective gloves are made of various materials such as rubber and should always match the work performed.
- Legs: When comfort dominates man, risks can not be ruled out. Do-it-yourselfers appreciate a high level of mobility more than protection against dangers. A work trousers not only provides sufficient protection, but also many pockets for small tools. Knee pads or knee pads are also handy, making it easier to work on your knees for a long time, such as laying tiles or parquet.
- Feet: Safety shoes are a piece of equipment that every home improvement person should own. Simple shoes are cheap and more than adequate for normal work. They protect the feet against falling stones and stones, the thick sole brakes sharp objects on the ground and protects against unpleasant injuries.
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