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Walking around the seawall last week while taking the scenery and the in the refreshing air of Vancouver's coastline was absolutely wonderful. While on my walk I started thinking that with the warmer weather the willingness to tackle those long planned outdoor projects also arises. As a Kitsilano Realtor it's important that I let my clients know the basics of safety for any home project, especially projects involving power tools. Here are seven important safety tips for for your household projects – good luck!

7 Safety Tips for Home Projects

  1. Have a First aid Kit
    It always happens when ever you least expect it but bumps and scrapes may occur when working a home project. Make sure you know where it is before starting work on your project to avoid any painful delays.
  2. Use Safety Equipment
    Remember to use safety goggles when using power tools or with anything that produces a lot particle and dust. Also, some tools can get pretty loud so it may be good idea to have earplugs handy as well.
  3. Check your tools
    Make sure you have all the tools you need before starting a project to prevent and setbacks. Ensure that your tools are in working order especially if your using borrower or rented tools. Check the cords for any exposed wires to avoid getting shocked.
  4. Dress Appropriately
    Wearing the right footwear for the right job is crucial and wearing working gloves can prevent any splinters. If you’re working on the ground make sure you have knee pads or something that works as a pad. Remember not to wear any jewelry or loose clothing while working with power tools to avoid any accidents.
  5. Keep a Clean Work Space
    Keeping your work space clear of any obstructions and scraps that cause tripping is an important part of project safety. Always keeps a clear path for carrying tools and walking through.
  6. Have a Fire Extinguisher
    As a home safety tip and a home project tip having a fire extinguisher is an essential party of our safety list. It's scary enough when fires get out of control but when you don't have a fire extinguisher, things can get real ugly. Prevent any unnecessary burns and damage by ensuring your house is equipped with a functioning fire extinguisher. If you already have a fire extinguisher ensure that it is still able to function so you don't have a nasty surprise.
  7. Four to One ladder Rule
    If you’re planning any project that involves a ladder it's important to remember the four to one rule. For every 4 feet the ladder is standing vertically it also needs to be standing 1 foot away from the wall. 

I hope all of your projects turn out just great and that these tips served as good reminders. If you have an questions regarding our current Kitsilano homes for sale please feel free to contact me. If you have any other tips feel free to share your tips by leaving a comment below.  

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