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Safety Tips

Breathing Protection:
Some common home maintenance and repair tasks present breathing hazards that are routinely ignored. However, the long-term effects are cumulative and should raise health concerns. Fortunately, protective breathing devices are inexpensive and easy to use. Nuisance dust masks come in both disposable and reusable models. When worn properly, these masks filter particles (dust) from the air you breathe. Respirators go a step further by capturing pesticides, paint, and solvent fumes as well as particles. Read the manufacturer's literature and be sure to use the filter cartridge appropriate for the exposure. Unfortunately, there is no universal cartridge. A word of caution! No filter cartridge will offer protection from carbon monoxide. 

 

Collar Ties:
Collar ties are those horizontal framing members that run between rafters in the attic. They have a habit of being in the way of plans for a finished attic. It is very tempting to take them out and get that headroom to make the space functional, but be careful. Collar ties are structural members that keep the rafters from spreading out. They can be removed in some cases or raised up in others. It's best to get the blessing of an engineer, but some one who thoroughly understands the forces involved can make the call. Be sure before you cut, though -- you could do serious damage to your roof and your house's structure.

 

Emergencies:
When starting home repairs, spend some time considering what might go wrong. There are always hazards involved in any task or project. Be prepared in the event that things don't go right. When sweating copper pipes, the water to the house might be off. What if a fire starts? When working alone, think about who will come to help if an accident happens. You might keep a cell phone handy. In the event of any type of emergency, the first thing to do is communicate. Call for help or let others know there is a problem. Injury is a possibility any time we work with tools, but with proper training and a little forethought, you can expect success in your project. 

 

Fire Extinguisher:
Do you have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen? One of the least expensive and easiest fire safety measures you can take is keeping fire extinguishers around the house, and the place to start is the kitchen. Due to the nature of most kitchen fires, water is the last thing you should use if a fire emergency arises. A Type ABC extinguisher should be in the kitchen in an accessible location. Purchase the largest one you can afford or have room for. This small investment can save lives. Remember, the first thing to do in the event of a fire is call for help. 

 

Gas Safety:
Millions of us use gas as a fuel for heating and cooking with little concern for safety. A little gas knowledge will insure a continued safe relationship. Gas is naturally odorless. Gas suppliers add an odor to the gas we use so that we will be alerted to a leak. If you come into a building and detect a slight gas odor, open doors and windows and try to determine the origin. Occasionally pilot lights blow out. If you come into a building and smell a strong gas odor, leave immediately! Do not turn on lights or use the phone. Call your gas supplier from a neighbor's house and report the problem. If in doubt, play it safe and leave the building at once. 

 

Grounding:
The importance of electrical grounding can not be overstated! That third prong on the extension cord, often regarded as a nuisance, is there to save your life. The ground wire, a continuous non-current carrying conductor, is a required and essential part of all modern wiring. Does the ground carry current? No. Does the ground have a function under normal situations? No. If the ground wasn't there would things work differently? No. The ground does its job when things go wrong. Consider a power tool plugged into an ungrounded extension cord. If the hot wire came loose inside the tool and made contact with the metal housing, the current would be pleased to go through you to ground. The same tool plugged into a grounded cord would leave you out of the circuit. When you use ungrounded tools or appliances you may be betting your life that things won't go wrong. Note. Double insulated tools do not require grounding. Also, when you use that adapter to plug your grounded cord into a two-prong receptacle you are not grounded! 

 

Insulation Itch Relief:
It is no secret that working with fiberglass insulation will leave you itching. Stopping that itch is sometimes difficult. The tiny slivers are hard to see and defy conventional methods of removal. Here's the tip: Cover the affected area with white of yellow woodworking glue, let the glue dry, and then pull it off. In most cases the slivers come out when the glue is removed. If a second application is indicated, pull it off in the opposite direction. 

 

Safety Glasses:
There is hardly a home repair or maintenance task that doesn't require the use of safety glasses. Eye protection is mandatory when you work with or around any type of striking or struck tool. Power tools of all types are safer to use when you're wearing safety glasses. Paints, solvents, and most liquids used in home repair are, at a minimum, eye irritants and may require the use of goggles or a face shield, as well as other protective equipment. Don't fool yourself. Standard eyeglasses, sunglasses, or face shields are not "safety glasses." Only lenses and frames that meet industry safety standards will offer the level of protection needed. 

 

The Draft:
Household appliances, such as water heaters and furnaces, that burn fuel must be vented to the outside. The byproducts of combustion can be hazardous to the inhabitants of the house. Checking the draft of vented appliances is an important maintenance item and is critical to the well being of the occupants. Using the water heater as an example, locate the draft hood. This is the round funnel-shaped piece that the flue pipe connects to and it sits on top of the water heater. Wait for the main burner to come on or turn up the temperature setting to make the burner come on. Hold a strip of tissue paper near the opening at the bottom of the draft hood. A proper draft will pull the tissue paper in. If the strip of tissue paper blows away from the draft hood, the water heater is back drafting. Reset the temperature if necessary. Back drafting is a potentially lethal situation. If you can't determine the cause, call a professional. Do not put this off! 

 

Top of the Ladder:
Where is the top of the ladder? The top of a stepladder in terms of climbing is always the second step down from the top. The top part of a stepladder is known as the top cap. If you read the warnings on a new ladder, you will notice that the top step is not to be stepped on and the top cap is not to be stepped on or to sit on. While it seems that the top step and cap would support weight, the real issue here is balance. When you are standing on or above the top step of the ladder, it is unbalanced and dangerous. Always read and follow the warnings and directions on ladders. A fall from any height can result in serious injury. 

 

Work Smart:
People working in the construction trades expose their bodies to stresses and strains that many people don't normally face. To last in their chosen fields they must learn to work smart. Working smart involves ergonomics -- the postures, positions, and techniques that eliminate or minimize stress and strain. Many home repair projects subject the homeowner to the same stresses and strains faced by those in the trades. Just because theses activities are less frequent for the homeowner doesn't mean the consequences are any less serious. When bending down to perform a task, bend the knees and not the back. If working on your knees, put on kneepads. When working with hand-operated tools, try to keep the wrist in the neutral position (hand in line with the forearm as if shaking hands). Work smart when tackling home repairs -- an injury takes all the satisfaction out of an otherwise successful project..