Choosing to renovate a home is a big step for you to take. It can a toll on your mental and physical well-being – believe me, I have completed a home renovation four times! Therefore, ensure you provide maximum safety for you and other workers throughout the process. After all, there is a myriad of possible accidents that can happen during construction.
The following are some ways to assure your builders of safety and also secure yourself:
Hire Professionals for Jobs That Need a Permit
There is a high potential of getting hurt during a home renovation, and you must understand your limits. Please, don’t take up activities that need a professional; the building inspectors may fine you for poor standards in plumbing or electricity. Therefore, leave jobs such as setting up security alarms and electricity connections to licensed professionals.
Sometimes, cheap is expensive, and if you think wiring your house is more frugal, any faulty wire could cost you a fortune. Moreover, if you don’t know the correct policies and regulations, you are in for an unavoidable fine. Also, when you hire a builder, make sure their agency offers public liability insurance to avoid being sued or fined for damages to your neighbours.
Ensure the Place is Clean
Clear any dirt and unwanted possessions from all the rooms before you start renovation. After all, the less clutter you have in a room, the easier it is to work on the walls and the floor. If possible, organise and label all furnishings in each room.
Fortunately, there are storage spaces where you can keep any extra furniture that will be in the way when you start renovations. Offsite storage is also another way to ensure they remain clean until you can bring them back into the home.
Be Careful on Ladders or Heights
Of course, roof renovation will require ladders. Luckily, builders can use safe ladders to get to the wall or paint the first floor of your home. However, keep children away from these ladders because they can fall and break their arms and legs.
Have a Well-Stocked Safety Kit Nearby
There is only so much you can do to prevent anybody from getting hurt. Therefore people are bound to either get a cut or a bruise from the renovations. So, have an emergency kit on standby if this happens. If there are minor accidents, you will successfully clean the wound and prevent further infection.
Turn the Electricity Off
Sounds obvious but always turn off the power when working on electric wires. Sometimes, working on floors and walls can also interfere with electric cables, so ensure the power is off as well. Always keep the power off unless you need it.
Additionally, ensure the smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers are functional throughout the repairs.
Finally, your safety and that of your neighbours and workers should always come first. It would be a shame if you got into an avoidable accident that inconveniences your home renovation process. Therefore, have a safety kit nearby and clear any sharp objects from the compound before the day.