Tinkering is good, but tinkering safely is better! Indeed, when carrying out work, it is not uncommon for sores, small and large, to be part of it. How to avoid them? To find out, we went to Castorama and asked the store professionals for advice. How to tinker safely? Here are their answers.
How to tinker safely?
Safe tinkering means protecting yourself, protecting your loved ones, any pets and finally protecting the building. This requires good equipment but also a good attitude.
What are the essential elements to protect yourself?
When we tinker, depending on the nature of the work, we need gloves to protect our fingers, protective glasses to protect our eyes and a mask that will prevent us from breathing the dust. In the event of structural work, a helmet and safety shoes must also be worn. In general, it is recommended to wear thick clothes or a work overall which will reduce the risks.
How to protect your loved ones?
On large construction sites, one can often read: construction site prohibited to the public. Well with you it's the same! The parts concerned by the work must not be accessible to unprotected persons and more particularly to children. Consider closing the doors or installing a protective barrier. You should also be careful with pets. Cats and dogs can do a lot of damage on a construction site, they can also injure themselves or ingest chemicals. Vigilance is essential!
How to limit the risks in the event of work?
To limit incidents, you must prepare to tinker. Don't work in a rush! Prepare the part by ridding it, prepare your equipment and tools. Secure your workspace and keep yourself safe. Only then can you tackle your work. To work safely, you must also do work at your level. Do not get into tasks that should be done by professionals. Trust yourself but don't try to do too much.
Do you have any other advice for us?
When doing work, you have to be attentive to everything! Ventilate the room you work in, so you won't feel bad from the fumes of chemicals. Make sure the floor is cleared, do not leave electric wires in the passage, this will prevent falls. If you do heavy work, get help. Thus difficult tasks will be more easily executed and in the event of an incident you will be supported. Finally, do not tinker when you are tired. You must have reflexes and be alert at all times. When doing work, take regular breaks to eat, hydrate and rest for a few minutes.