If you're planning to renovate your home, it's important to ensure that you do so in a safe and sensible manner; construction work of any kind brings with it a whole host of potential hazards, which could cause damage your property or put you or your renovation team at risk of injury. Here are two tips for a safe renovation project.
Take precautions when tackling electrical work
A typical renovation project may involve hammering nails into, or even tearing down, walls, behind which lie a large number of electrical cables. Furthermore, virtually all forms of construction work require the use of high-voltage electrical tools. Such activities could put you and any labourers working on your project at risk of electrocution or death, which is why it is crucial to take certain precautionary measures when performing these type of tasks.
First and foremost, you should not attempt to carry out any electrical work without the assistance of an accredited tradesperson who specialises in the provision of electrical services; if you do, you run the risk of electrocuting yourself or making an error, which could result in an electrical fire later down the line.
Secondly, it's important to protect both yourself and any labourers from electrocution when using electrical tools near sources of water (for example, in the bathroom). If a water pipe bursts open unexpectedly or water spills from a mop bucket whilst someone is using a power tool, the results could be devastating.
If it is necessary to do some re-wiring or to use electrical tools close to a water source, make sure that whoever is performing this task is wearing the right type of protective clothing; a pair of waterproof insulating boots, coupled with insulated gloves and a set of safety goggles could save them from being electrocuted if they come into contact with water whilst carrying out their work.
Lastly, if you know that you'll need to hammer nails into walls during your project, make sure to invest in a voltage tester so that you can detect and avoid damaging wires hidden behind the walls.
Practice fire safety
The usage of combustible construction materials means that there is a significant chance of a fire breaking out during a renovation project if fire safety procedures are not followed.
The first step you can take to reduce the likelihood of a fire breaking out is to get into the habit of removing any combustible substances from the renovation area at the end of each day; things such as the cardboard packaging and scrap lumber should be placed into a skip or other refuse bin, and sawdust should be hoovered or swept up and properly disposed of (it may be a good idea to pour a cup of water onto the pile of sawdust, to prevent it from igniting if a half-lit cigarette or match are thrown into the bin it is being kept in).
Multi-purpose fire extinguishers should be positioned around the area of the property that is being renovated. Additionally, if the renovation work requires you to shut off your permanent smoke alarm system, considering placing a few temporary fire alarms around the property for the duration of the project.