Safety Gear 101
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This post is sponsored by The Home Depot as a part of The Home Depot’s ProSpective Campaign.
Before you ever plug in a power tool, you need to consider and use appropriate safety gear and procedures. Our #1 goal at Mother Daughter Projects is to prevent accidents in our workplace. We do that by understanding how our tools work, using the correct tool for the job, and wearing safety gear.
Three of the first tools we were sent for The Home Depot ProSpective campaign for review are for safety: a respiratory mask, eyewear, and earmuffs. These aren't glamorous and frankly, we look pretty dorky wearing them!
Why do you need these three particular items?
Mask: protects you from breathing in small debris like sawdust, spray paint, aerosol cleaners (It's not a bad idea to wear one when using all the chemical sprays used when cleaning a bathroom or kitchen especially if you're spraying over your head and the chemicals fall back towards you.)
Eyewear: protects your eyes from dust or flying debris. After my cataract surgery, I actually purchased a pair of ski-type safety goggles to further ensure dust wouldn't get into eyes as these seal around the forehead.
Earmuffs: running tools can make a LOT of noise. Protect your hearing with the highest noise reducing earmuffs you can get.
We've tried various combinations of these three items over the years. It's really important that all three work well together and are COMFORTABLE, otherwise, we tend to not want to wear them.
That's what I like about these three--worn together, they are comfortable. My previous earmuffs and eyewear caused a great deal of pressure on my temples giving me headaches and making me grumpy from the discomfort. I wore them, but I certainly was not happy about it!
Gloves are not appropriate when using all tools. Check the instructions for a particular tool to see if you should use them. We use a variety of gloves when we work. Steph likes these rubber dipped gardening ones. (Why? Because they fit. If you've shopped for gloves as a woman, you're probably aware that there are not many options out there that fit. That is changing as manufacturers are aware that women need and want gloves that fit our hands. I like the these leather ones we just got because they fit as they should! We also use boxes of disposable gloves when working with paint or other messy materials. All those things in the left of the picture are things we've been using. Those purple earmuffs are what I've been using. I like the compact profile, but that is what makes them uncomfortable and hard to put on. Those safety glasses are too big and bulky.
Additional safety tips:
We want to be safe while DIYing and we want you to be safe. Follow all manufacturer's instructions, don't get complacent or in a hurry when working. Do all you can do to prevent accidents.
What are some of your tips for safety? What safety products do you like?
We acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with us to participate in the The Home Depot ProSpective Campaign. As a part of the Program, we are receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are our own word. Our post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.
FYI: We are not professionals, and we don’t claim to be. This is what we found worked for our project. Yours may need a little different approach. Safety first!
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