It’s very exciting to make plans and finally get to the point of starting your large-scale home remodeling project. The materials have been delivered, your friends arrive to help, and your roll-off rental dumpster is in the driveway, ready to be filled. In all the excitement, though, be careful not to neglect the most important part of your project: safety! In the time that we’ve been providing dumpster rental service in Charleston, we’ve seen more than a few home remodeling projects get derailed by injury, and in a lot of cases those injuries could have been avoided with a few standard safety precautions. Here are a few of those precautions that you should always follow when launching a remodeling or building project around the house.
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Wear Eye Protection
Your eyes are obviously critical organs of your body that you depend on every waking moment. Unfortunately, they are also extremely delicate and need to be protected when you are conducting a remodeling project. Always use safety glasses! If you already wear glasses, don’t assume they will protect your eyes adequately. Use safety glasses that wrap around your eyes to protect them from the sides. Another great benefit is that extra safety glasses will protect your expensive prescription lenses from being scratched by flying debris.
Don’t Inhale Debris
No one finds it comfortable to wear a dust mask, but we guarantee you’ll find it much less comfortable to inhale dust, wood, fiberglass from insulation, mold, and the many other tiny particles that are sure to be flying through the air as you remodel your home. Depending on how old your home is and what is behind the walls and under the flooring, there could even be toxic substances like asbestos, mold, and mildew. Protect your airway with a dust mask, seal off the area with plastic sheeting to keep dust out of the rest of the house, and keep children and pets out of the area until the dust has settled for good.
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Gloves and Shoes
When you pull out flooring, cabinets, drywall, and other materials, you can be certain of one thing: the pieces of waste that you have to grab and carry to your dumpster rental in Charleston will have all sorts of random splinters, nails, screws, and sharp edges to contend with. A heavy pair of gloves will let you move quickly without worrying about the pain of scratching or puncturing your hands and exposing yourself to infection.
Dropping a heavy piece of furniture, lumber, or debris on your foot can cause extremely painful injuries. Pay close attention to the type of shoes that you wear while you are working! Steel-toed shoes are best, but if you don’t own a pair, wear whatever you have that is made of heavy, durable materials that will provide the best possible protection. By no means should you ever do a remodel project in flip-flops or sandals! One last factor to be aware of when it comes to your feet is the debris that you leave lying on the ground during the job. Keep the area as clean as possible, transporting waste to the dumpster as soon as it is generated, so that no one will step on a protruding nail or screw. And just to be sure, be aware of where you are walking at all times, remembering that there could be hazards underfoot.
Be careful when loading your rental dumpster—it’s easier than it seems to miss the mark when tossing something bulky or heavy over the edge of the dumpster, creating danger for yourself or others nearby. Check to make sure no one is standing close enough to distract you or to be hit by falling debris before hoisting trash over the top. For especially large items, take advantage of the walk-in doors that all of our roll-off dumpsters feature. Finally, be aware of what materials may not be legally disposed of in a rental dumpster. Placing these items in a dumpster can create hazards for you, your neighbors, and the driver who transports your dumpster.