Tips to Stay Safe While Working Around Your Home This Fall

Now that summer is over it’s a great time to get out and do some chores around the house. While some tasks should be handled by professionals, there are a number of things you can do on your own to get your home ready for the new season without spending a fortune. And while tackling projects can make you feel invincible, handy homeowners often find themselves in the emergency room. See below to find out how you can stay safe while working in and around your home this fall:

Don’t Poke Your Eye Out
Whether you don’t wear them because they aren’t comfortable or you think you look silly, not wearing protective goggles is one of the worst mistakes you can make. More than 50,000 people lose part or all of their vision from ocular injuries each year, according to This Old House and 90% of these injuries could have been avoided by wearing protective eyewear.

Clamp It Down
Using a power saw to cut wood? Holding it with your hand is a great way to lose a finger. Use clamps or locking pliers instead so you can actually enjoy that new bathroom storage shelf.

Connect To The Right Cord
It’s common for homeowners to plug multiple extension cords into each other when one isn’t long enough. This is a major electrical hazard and should be avoided at all costs. It’s also important to follow guidelines and read the manual for each tool when it comes to extension cord length and gauge.

The fall season is a great time of year to get things done around your home – just remember to exercise extreme caution to stay safe. Need help with a plumbing or heating project? Contact the experts at Uptown today to schedule an appointment!