I'm just a girl who likes to DIY anything and everything. More than that, I love teaching people - especially women - how to pick up power tools and create the home of their dreams. Stop waiting for someone else and starting Doing It Yourself. I'll show you how!
Today I wanted to go back to the basics of DIY, and for me, that means staying safe. The tools we use on a daily basis are powerful and dangerous. Without the proper safety precautions, you can lose a finger or an eye. That is why I wanted to talk to you about the safety products I use and that you should be using too. So, let’s dive into my top 5 safety items to keep you safe while doing your DIY projects!
The first product everyone needs is a good pair of safety goggles. These goggles do not have to be your standard 1990s basic goggles. I personally use Seaband Safety Glasses on Amazon. I love these goggles because they are super cute and provide complete protection. You can buy a two-pack of these glasses for $17.99.
The next item I recommend is noise-reducing headphones. I use HROEENOI wireless headphones from Amazon. I love these headphones because they are noise-reducing and have bluetooth so I can listen to music while I work. Even though this does not seem like a necessary safety item, listening to loud machines for long periods of time can be damaging to your hearing in the long run. You can find these headphones on Amazon for $39.99 in black and pink!
The third safety tool I think is so important, is a good pair of work gloves. It is easy to get slivers from cutting wood or small cuts on your hands. I use Handlandy firm grip gloves from Home Depot but you can find gloves at any store. I personally have a hard time finding gloves that fit my hands because most gloves are not made for smaller hands.
The gloves I use, are on Amazon for $14.80. I wear a size medium. I have heard mixed reviews about using gloves while working with power tools. At first, I used gloves while using my circular saw or miter saw, but now I do not use them when working with power tools. This is because it can be easy for the gloves to get caught in machines. If you do use gloves, I recommend using them while handling wood and smaller tools. However, I do not recommend using them while working with heavy machinery.
Another safety tip is that if you have long hair, I recommend always keeping your hair out of your face, preferably in a ponytail or bun. It can be easy for your hair to get in the way, while using power tools.
The last product I suggest having is a mask to help filter the byproducts of wood. My mask is from RZ masks and is specifically for woodworking. If you are breathing in chemicals and sawdust during every project, it can be detrimental to your lung health.
Your safety is so important while working with heavy machinery. I know all of these safety products can feel overwhelming, however, you only have one body to take care of, it is important to prioritize your safety above everything else while creating your DIY projects.