DIY projects are creative and often inexpensive ways to improve your home. With your own materials and skills, you can achieve results similar to professional creatives and repairmen. The key to success lies in creating long-term home improvement plans that prioritize projects in terms of how involved each project is. That will make it easier for you to determine if you can do something on your own or if you need a professional to step in. If you don’t do this for a project, you’re more likely to run into accidents. Home improvement injuries that required an ER visit amounted to 290,000 in 2020 alone, when many people were getting into DIY projects. According to Dr. Erik Strukel, Sharp Grossmont Hospital Care Clinic’s medical director, eye injuries are among the most common DIY accidents. He emphasized proper preparation to reduce such risks and make projects more enjoyable. After all, harming your eye with abrasions, toxic chemicals, or punctures can lead to discomfort—or even vision loss—that may hinder your future DIY plans.
With that said, here are some eye safety tips to keep in mind:
Read and follow labels
You’ll surely use different materials and tools to achieve your desired results for certain DIY projects. Some common ones include power tools—such as hand drills—and chemicals like borax. The first step in eye safety is knowing how to use and handle products and equipment by carefully reading and following the labels they come with.
For instance, reading instructions on properly attaching a drill bit ensures that this won’t fly off and possibly hit your eyes when you use a drill. On the other hand, being aware of borax’s effect on the eyes—including irritation—will let you know how this should be handled and stored so it doesn’t enter your eyes.