(MS) — Do you spend your weekends or free
time fixing things around the home? Many people
do. We have become a do-it-yourself nation,
spurred on by the multitude of television programs
and magazine articles telling us just how
to do everything from building a bookcase to
refinishing a deck. While these projects may
range in difficulty, they do share one common
element: the chance for injury.
“Do-it-yourself projects can be very rewarding to
complete. But many DIYers dive right into improvements
without taking the right safety precautions,”
says Don Zeman, home improvement expert and host
of the nationally syndicated “Homefront with Don
Zeman” radio program. “With a little know-how and
some products that make using tools and other shop
items safer, the chance for injury drops dramatically.”
Along with power-tool injuries, falls, cuts and
eye injuries top the list of potential hazards for ill prepared
DIYers. Woodcraft Supply, LLC, the
woodworking industry’s leading provider of tools,
products and education, offers the following tips
to keep you safe around the house.
Being able to see, hear and breathe easily can
promote a safer time when working on projects.
That’s why one of the first steps to take is to protect
the most important tool for a do-it-yourself
project … you.
Protect Your Digits
- Protective eyewear is a must when doing any repair. Combining the flying dust and debris protection
of goggles with the hard frame and distortion-
free lens of spectacles, the Spoggle is very
unique protective eyewear. The frame of the
Spoggle is cushioned against the face by a soft
laminated foam gasket (much like ski goggle
foam) to provide a comfortable but tight dust-free
fit. The product meets OSHA/ANSI standards for
primary eye protection.
- The dust created when using power tools is
not just a nuisance, it can be hazardous to your
health. So, whether you’re operating a table saw, router, or sander a respirator is the solution.
Consider the Triton Powered Respirator for complete
- Hearing protection can safeguard the delicate
auditory system. Routine use of loud power tools
can contribute to hearing loss prematurely. When
working indoors, the sound of tools may be amplified
and cause even more damage.
- • Working safely also means being able to see
clearly what you’re working on. Therefore, task
lighting should be on your list of safety equipment.
An item like a Magnetic or Clip-On Base Work Light
allows you to place illumination just about anywhere.
The 360-degree swivel head and jointed arm adjusts
to light any work area with up to 60 watts.
Some of the most apparent dangers associated
with woodworking and other do-it-yourself projects
is the potential for cuts and amputations from
cutting edges and contusions or broken bones
from kickback of stock. That’s why it is always
essential to keep fingers and hands away from
blades and other fast-moving machinery. Push
sticks, push blocks and feather boards help the
DIYer accomplish this.
- A feather board is a useful tool when cutting
thin stock or making an intricate bead with a
router. It serves as an extra pair of hands, keeping
the wood in place on a table saw or router table.
Many woodworkers rely on the Miter
Slot Feather Board. With two locking screws, not just one, this feather board holds securely in a standard 3/8-inch
by 3/4-inch miter slot. For DIYers who need a
more flexible feather board, try the Magswitch
Magnetic Featherboard that can be placed anywhere
on a steel table or fence surface.
- Kickbacks occur when a saw seizes the stock
and hurls it back at the operator, resulting in any
number of bodily injuries. Kickbacks can happen
when the stock twists and binds against the side of
the blades or is caught in the teeth. A blade that is not
sharpened, or that is set at an incorrect height, can
cause kickbacks. Anti-kickback devices can be used
on saws to stop this problem. Anti-Kickback Safety
Rollers come complete and ready to install on your
fence or fixture. Yellow rollers rotate in a clockwise
direction and will not rotate counter-clockwise, preventing
kickback on table saws and router tables.
- • A push stick or push block can keep your fingers
away from the cutting blade as you feed the end of
stock through. For even better control, try the
GRR-Ripper® System that grips and holds
both sides of a work piece during a ripping operation.
The product maintains balanced pressure on the
wood as it passes through and beyond the blade.
There are many other ways to equip your home
shop with safety items and practice careful operation
when engaging in do-it-yourself projects. To
hear tips from Don Zeman click on www.homefront.
com. To learn more about the products mentioned,