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Accidents can happen. Make sure you careful when you’re working at heights; with power tools or sharp blades; with heavy, awkward, or toxic materials; or with electricity or natural gas. Think about the Big Picture: It simply isn’t worth it to do your own home improvements if you run a high risk of seriously injuring yourself.

By using these proven safety rules, you can greatly reduce your risk of danger or injury. 

Here are a few very important practices and rules:

  • Keep a first aid kit handy: Choose one that's easy to carry, latches securely and can be opened quickly when needed.
  • 4-to-1 ladder rule: For every 4 feet of ladder height, the bottom of the ladder should be 1 foot from the wall or object it is leaning against.
  • Pay attention to ladder length: Always use a ladder long enough for the task.
  • Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from debris and avoid jewelry or long sleeves while using power tools.
  • Follow instructions, not intuition: As with any household appliance, power tools should be maintained and used according to the manufacturer's warnings, precautions and instructions. Also, check the switch on a power tool or garden appliance to make sure it's off before you plug it in.
  • Never leave an active power tool unattended: Unplug power tools before leaving the room and store them out of children's reach.
  • Be aware of your surroundings: If you're working with someone else, make sure you know where they are at all times to prevent accidents. Be aware of people entering your work area, and keep children and pets away from tools and projects.
  • Keep your work space clean: Properly store or place power tools, sharp tools and other dangerous materials on high shelves or in a locked cabinet out of a child's reach.
  • Use the right extension cords: If you're tackling an outdoor project, make sure extension cords are rated for outdoor use.
  • Look for the UL Mark: The UL Mark on power tools, garden appliances or electrical products means representative samples of that product have been tested against stringent safety standards for fire, electric shock and other safety hazards.

Source: Underwriters Laboratory