Home Repairs Preparation and Safety Checklist

Even though you have many years of experience with DIY home repairs, it is still recommended to use the following checklist to ensure the safety:

  1. Organize the tools

Separate all tools based on their type and make sure to store and return them to a specific box. If your vision is low, consider wrapping contrasting-coloured electrical or plastic tape around the handles to make it easier to notice as well as increase the contrast with the working surface.

  1. Organize your working area

Before getting starting with any home electrical repair projects, make sure to collect and have all equipment and tools sorted and arranged in advance. To keep important equipment and items together, you would put all materials in a cardboard box or a large tray, organized in an order that you are going to use them. In addition, keep in mind to decide if you need to use a tape, paper towels, water, wastebasket, or other materials that might help you finish the task.

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  1. Protect the eyes

No matter what your visual status (low vision, visually impaired, or blind) is, always make sure to wear safety glasses that are impact-resistant and completely protect the whole eyes, including enclosing the eye area and covered along the top edge and sides of your lenses.

  1. Protect the ears

When you are planning to do some DIY tasks with an electric saw, drill, or other kinds of power tools, make sure to protect your ears with earmuffs or foam earplugs.

  1. Examine the lighting

If your vision is low, ensure that the lighting around the working location offers adequate illumination. A bulb or lamp that is designed with a flexible arm is often a great option since you would change the direction of the lighting as you want. Considering adding some wheels if you need to move around the working area.

  1. Use a device with a low vision

Consult with the low vision specialist or eye doctor to decide whether a low vision tool like a magnifier, might be useful for several home repair projects.

  1. Take the energy source into consideration

No matter if you are fixing the light switch or replacing a washer in the faucet, make sure to disconnect or turn off the right utility. For instance, if you are trying a water-related task, keep in mind to cut the main supply before getting started. Similarly, make sure to turn off the power source before starting an electrical repair project.

  1. Use the right extension cord

The thickness of the extension cords should be greater or equivalent to the ones on the power tools. Otherwise, they would overheat and lead to severe burns or even fire.

  1. Request help if necessary

When the repair tasks are so complicated or large, it is necessary to ask for help from other people or even experienced experts. By working with the professionals, you can have a chance to learn and improve specific skills related to home repairs so that you could do it on your own the next time.