Sunday Morning Tip for March 24: Common Home Improvement Hazards & How to Avoid Them

<span>Sunday Morning Tip for March 24:</span> Common Home Improvement Hazards & How to Avoid Them
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    Home improvement projects have different difficulty levels.

    Typically, the most challenging jobs have the highest risks.

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If you’re concerned about safety, the strategies in this guide can help you stay safe.

Lacerations and Dismemberment

Lacerations happen during home improvement projects when power tools with sharp edges aren’t used properly. Saws, nail guns and power drills are just some of the many tools that can cause lacerations. In order to prevent cuts, you must operate risky tools in an environment that has no distractions. If someone sneaks up behind you while you’re operating dangerous equipment, you may make a mistake that can cause serious injury.

An electric saw can cut through bone quite easily, so you must always operate this power tool with care. To ensure total safety, set up this type of equipment in a spot that faces a door or entrance. This power tool safety strategy will boost your awareness as you cut material throughout a project.

Arc Flash

An arc flash is an energy discharge that forms when a fault occurs in an electrical circuit. Arc flash injuries can occur without touching live components, which is what makes them so surprising and dangerous. Although this seems like a tough event to manage, there are ways to prevent possible problems.

 

Begin by implementing arc flash analysis procedures. During the routine, you’ll need to determine how much power an arc flash might produce along different sections in an electrical system. Next, you’ll need to adjust the available fault current.

This type of current doesn’t impact spaces that have current-limiting breakers or fuses because these items provide a strong layer of protection. You’ll only need to reduce the fault current in locations that do not use these items.

Electrical Shock

Arc flash is not the same as electrical shock. Electric shock occurs when a human comes in direct contact with a source of electricity, creating an opportunity for electric current to pass through their body. In a shop environment, sudden electrical shocks can occur in a variety of situations.

When a power saw is dropped on an electrical cable, electricity can escape if the blade accidentally slices through the cord. During projects in a confined area, sparks can fly from an outlet if someone accidentally spills paint, solvent or another other liquid around a socket.

You can avoid slicing your wiring by managing it throughout the project. In order to keep liquids away from your outlets, never store them on a shelf that’s near a vulnerable wall. These strategies can keep you safe in a typical project environment. However, to ensure the highest level of safety, always wear proper safety accessories such as goggles and work boots.

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