Home renovations are exciting for homeowners. They are improving their living space, increasing the value of their home and they are working towards creating their dream house.
Renovations, however, do come with some potential downsides. The work can be expensive with the average cost of a renovation or a three-bed house being between £76,900 and £138,800. It can also take up to 16 weeks depending on what you’re having done to your home.
With that in mind, you’ll want to ensure that the work goes smoothly without any injuries taking place. This would cause the project to take longer and will likely end up costing even more.
Follow these four simple steps and ensure your renovation is as safe as possible.
1. Keep it clear
Clutter is a sure-fire way to cause an accident. Slips, trips and falls accounted for 33% of all workplace injuries in 2020/21 which shows just how prevalent injuries can be if the workspace is not clear.
Keeping it clear means creating a clean space before any work commences. Once the work starts, any ongoing mess should be maintained and removed to reduce the risks. A great way to ensure you can remove mess is to rent a large skip during the renovation.
2. Use the right tools to keep you safe
Whether you are doing the renovation yourself or hiring a tradesperson, possessing the right tools for the job is vital. This may include screws, hammers and voltage testers. These can be used to test any electrical equipment so you know there are working at the level they are expected to.
You will also need the right equipment to keep you safe. This is referred to as personal protective equipment (PPE). To stay safe, you must have all the equipment you need. This means wearing a hard hat if items may fall from height, wearing masks if you are dealing with dust and fumes and wearing steel-capped boots to protect toes from falling objects too.
3. Maintain good ventilation
Whilst you may have the right PPE on to protect you from fumes and dust, it’s better to not put yourself at risk in the first place. This means ensuring there is proper ventilation throughout the renovation.
Check that vents are taking the harmful toxins away from you and where possible open windows or doors to let fresh air in and let the bad air out.
4. Be prepared for injury
Ensure there is a first-aid kit on-site should the worst happen and someone gets injured. This may be the difference between recovering from an injury or dealing with lifelong defects. First-aid kits don’t cost a lot so should not be ignored.
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