Did you know that close to 26% of home owners who were completing a DIY project reported an injury? Of those who said they sustained a personal injury, 41% say they weren’t wearing personal protection gear. It’s important to protect yourself when working on your Huntington Beach home, even if you believe it’s the most routine DIY project in the world. Here are some ideas:
Eyes: Wearing protective eyewear is paramount when you’re doing home improvement projects, and sunglasses aren’t enough. Even if you’re doing routine chores like mowing or weed whacking, wearing proper protective eyewear is important. Did you know a power mower can reach a speed of 200 mph, hurling objects like rocks and twigs towards you in a very dangerous way?
Inhalants: Whenever you’re painting, sanding, or even clearing lawn debris, it’s important to wear a NIOSH-approved respirator. It may seem silly, but protecting your respiratory system is of critical importance for good health.
Ears: Fire up your lawnmower or power tools without protective hearing equipment and you will be screaming “What?!” within five feet of your family. Continued exposure can lead to hearing loss over the long-term, so find something to protect your ears like plugs or muffs.
Surprisingly, these home improvement projects resulted in the most injuries:
- 50% of people were personally injured doing basic yard maintenance
- Close to 25% were hurt while painting the interior of their homes
There are so many reasons to consider becoming a Huntington Beach home owner. If you’re interested in learning more about Huntington Beach real estate, please contact me. I’m a local real estate agent and I would love to show you around this charming part of Orange County!