Because working conditions, safety issues, tools, equipment and skills of the individual can vary greatly, PainterClick.com assume no responsibility for any damages, injuries or losses that occur as a result of using the information provided by PainterClick.com’s instructional services. Do not use PainterClick tutorials as a substitute for carefully reviewing and understanding the instructions or manuals that accompany products, tools and equipment that are used in a project. Make sure to check with the local building department to ensure compliance with codes and regulations related to your project. You should always consult a trained professional with any questions about your specific project’s needs or safety concerns. Always know your own limitations and factor in your own good judgment and common sense.
Before you begin a project, make sure you plan ahead and anticipate any safety issues. The following are some important safety tips that can apply to most projects. Since every project is different, do not consider this a comprehensive list of all the safety issues that you may need to address.
- Do not attempt a potentially dangerous project when you are tired, irritated, sick or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Wear approved eye protection when working with power tools or striking tools such as hammers.
- When working in dusty situations, wear a dust filter mask over your mouth and nose.
- Make sure you check building codes for your area before planning construction projects.
- Keep all blades, bits and other cutting parts sharp on both power tools and hand tools. Dull tools can require you to apply extra force, which can lead to injuries.
- Make sure you have a safe work environment that is well lit and free from obstructions and interference from clothing, long hair and jewelry.
- Turn off breakers or remove fuses when working on all electrical projects.
- Read the instructions manual included with the products and heed all product warning labels!
- Read the instructions thoroughly and make sure you understand proper operation and safety issues related to each tool. Use a tool only for its intended application. Make sure you know each tool’s limitations.
- If a tool requires grounding, make sure it is properly grounded. Do not use 2-prong adapters.
- Unplug saws, drills, routers and other power tools when changing or installing blades, bits and other attachments.
- Keep your hands safely away from blades, bits and moving parts as you operate a power tool.
Paints & Chemicals
- Heed all product warning labels!
- Make sure you have adequate ventilation for flammable and noxious chemicals.
- When using flammable materials, shut off pilot lights on furnaces, hot water tanks and stoves.
Ladders & Scaffolds
- Make sure stepladders are completely opened and positioned with all four legs firmly stabilized and supported. Never stand on the top platform of a stepladder.
- When using an extension ladder, firmly plant both side rails on solid ground. Do not put the base of the ladder too close or too far from the vertical surface it is propped against. Your weight should be positioned between the base of the ladder and vertical surface.
- Make sure that all legs of a scaffold are firmly planted on solid ground. Use blocks of wood on softer ground to provide better support. Always stand on platforms in between the supports that hold it up.