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DIY at Home: Safety Smarts

Whether you're undertaking a huge renovation project or just hammering in a nail, it's better to be safe than sorry.

Here are some top tips from Meri-K Appy, president of the Home Safety Council, on how to make your next DIY project a safe and successful one.

Top Tips

Make a plan. Mistakes often happen when DIYers are "not well prepared or not properly trained to use certain equipment," says Appy.

Allow enough time to complete a job in case mistakes or setbacks occur. "People tend to cut corners in a hurry and this is when accidents happen," says Appy. "Don't rush through things."

Be well rested and "know your limits," Appy says. Don't push yourself - take plenty of breaks and stop when you are tired.

Keep a well-stocked first aid kit and a fire extinguisher in an accessible location while you're working.

Post emergency numbers (PDF) [WHN page link TK] by each phone...just in case.

Falling and flying objects, especially when working in tight spaces, can pose a hazard to your head, face and eyes. Consider wearing hard hats, safety vests, protective eyewear and ear plugs while working.

If you allow someone to watch you work, make sure they wear protective gear too.

Keep your work area clean and free from clutter.

Read the safety and warning labels on tools and machinery. Those labels are there for a reason. Someone has experienced that injury or problem – learn from the example of others and wear appropriate safety gear and practice safety while using tools.

Unplug the power cord before you do any trouble-shooting on a tool that is jammed or won't start, and never walk away from a plugged-in-power tool -- even for a few minutes.

Ladder Safety

Stay grounded: Place the ladder on level ground and open it completely, making sure all locks are engaged.

Practice the 4 to 1 rule: for each 4 feet of distance between the ground and the upper point of contact (such as the wall or roof), move the base of the ladder out 1 foot.

Spot the safety step: Stand at or below the 4th highest rung on extension ladder, 2nd highest step on a step ladder

Practice the 3 points of contact rule: keep 2 feet on the ladder at all times and hold on to a rung of the ladder with one hand. If your belly button passes above the ladder, you could be at risk for falling.

Be PreparedHome Grab-and-Go KitIf you were forced to evacuate your home and you only had three minutes, what would you grab? Make it easier on yourself by creating a Grab-and-Go kit packed with all the most important possessions and vital items for you and your family. Create a Home Emergency Exit PlanTake time now to create an emergency evacuation plan to employ in the event of a fire, disaster or other emergency. Create a Home Inventory ListIs this hard to do? Not at all. But if a disaster occurs, you'll wish you had done it.What to Do If the Power FailsHere are some helpful tips and suggestions about fires and the use of fire extinguishers. Need more? Talk to your local fire and police officials about safety training programs in your area. Remember - be safe and be smart.What to Know About NOAA Weather RadioInformation from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) about NOAA Weather Radio.Sample Home Inventory Lists Helpful RemindersThese forms may help you remember what was in your home. This will be crucial in the event of a theft, natural disaster or fire.What To Know When You're a RenterIf you're planning to rent, here are some things to consider and do before and after you sign the lease — and in case of a disaster. Mobile Homes Disaster Preparedness TipsIf you're one of the 22 million Americans that call a mobile or manufactured home "home," you're aware how important disaster preparedness is. In 2008, 45% of tornado-related deaths were people living in mobile homes.How to Display Your House NumberDon't hide your house! Know where to place your house number so it's visible.Home Office Organizing TipsTaxes, filing, inventories...sometimes you need to organize before you can start organizing!!Home Inspection TipsChances are, when you bought your last home, you hired a company to conduct a home inspection. But have you thought of having an expert inspect your home after you've lived there for awhile? Home Generator SafetyWhile home generators are handy for backup electricity in case of an outage, there are hazards to be aware of. 5 Easy Home Emergency Preparedness TipsHere's a list of five, easy emergency preparedness tips, direct from experts and people who have experienced a natural disaster first-hand.DIY at Home Safety SmartsWhether you're undertaking a huge renovation project or just hammering in a nail, it's better to be safe than sorry.Buying a Home SafeYou are looking for a way to protect your possessions and have decided to buy a safe. But what kind of safe should you buy?Create an Emergency Entertainment KitKeep kids busy in an emergency with these simple ideas.