Common Injuries That You Can Get While “DIY-ing”
Thanks to the millions of DIY procedures and tutorials that people get to browse through every day, they are now more inclined to doing DIY projects than buying ready-made products. There is a certain thrill in assembling the products you have purchased by yourself. Moreover, you get to save more money and resources by buying DIY since you will be the one buying the raw products to assemble them together. DIY products are especially great if you are on a tight budget. Although it is fun, DIY is undeniably a challenging and risky method to undertake.
If you are still not used to what you are doing, you need to take precautionary safety measures to prevent such instances from occurring. Here are the most common injuries you will obtain from DIY projects and how you can avoid them.
Avoid Kickback On a Table Saw
You might think that it’s safe to use a table saw when you are DIY-ing your things. However, did you know that about 35,000 table saw injuries are reported in the hospital every year? In fact, the most common type of table saw injury is kickback.
This happens when the piece of wood being cut by a table saw is suddenly propelled aggressively back to the user. That can happen when the wood is caught by the backend of the saw. As such, when you use the fence as a cutting guide, the wood is sent jerking back toward you.
To prevent this, it is important that you follow the instructions on the user guide. You can use a riving knife on your table saw to prevent kickback in the first place. In addition, you can also use a push stick to move the wood through the table saw, keeping your hands and body entirely away from the piece of wood. Also, don’t remove your blade guard no matter how convenient that may seem. The blade guards serve as your protection from any blade injuries that may occur as you do your task.
Never Touch the Blade of a Circular Saw
Another nasty injury you can get from DIY-ing is from a circular saw. In fact, this tool causes round 14,000 hospital visits annually. The circular saw can cut through any material and bind the wood, shooting it back in a way that is similar to the table saw. Therefore, you should never remove the blade from a circular as it protects you from kickback.
Watch Your Nails with a Nail Gun
One of the trickiest and unpredictable tools to use when DIY-ing is the nail guns. For one, you can’t guarantee that a nail will come straight, so it’s important for you to make sure that your hands are away from the said tool. Oftentimes, the wood knots and other abnormalities can affect how your nail would slide in. Make sure to practice trigger safety with your nail gun. Keep your fingers off the trigger until you want to use it, and be sure to never accidentally leave it in the bump-trip setting if you aren’t actively using it.
Protect Your Eyes from Any Falling Debris
One of the most important organs that you should protect when DIY-ing—and in everything that you do—is your eyes. If you became blind, you practically wouldn’t be able to do anything. Therefore, it is important that you protect your eyes and be extra careful when using power tools. It is hard to predict what may happen to trigger eye injuries.
A wood chip can come flying your way, sparks can bounce in different directions, and chemicals can cause a flame. All these circumstances can affect your eyes if you’re not careful. We recommend that you wear some goggles or eye shields to protect your orbs. Keep several pairs of safety goggles in your house and in your tool shed. That way, you always have access to a pair for protection. Don’t get caught without safety goggles, and don’t underestimate the importance of having a pair of goggles.
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