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National Facial Protection Month

by CustomHomes on Tuesday, April 19, 2016

 

homeTaking care of your face while working on home improvement is vital to avoid injury and to finish the job with it looking well done and detailed. Depending on the job you are doing in or around the home you will need different facial protection. You should also be aware of the rest of your body when you are working on your home. Being sure that everything is well covered before working with power tools, heavy machinery, or toxic chemicals can mean the difference between losing a shirt and losing an arm. Here are a few pieces of facial and body protection you should consider before working on your home or outside.

Goggles

Goggles are incredibly important when working in or around your home. While you may not need them to put a picture on the wall but for repainting a room, repairing drywall, or simply using power tools goggles can help save your eyes from coming into contact with dust, liquids, and harsh gases and it may protect your face from any debris or toxins.

When you’re purchasing goggles be sure to get the ones that are right for you. First aspect to consider is if you wear glasses or contacts. You can get prescription goggles but if you are just doing DIY projects around the house you may just want something to put over your glasses and forget about. Be sure to purchase goggles that fit tight around your head. This way they will not fall off at any time during your work. Once you’ve decided the shape of the goggles and have them fit to your head you will then want to make sure they are always clean. The last thing you need when working with a circular saw is a huge smudge on your goggles.

Mask

Masks come in different varieties, sizes, and purposes. For most work around the home you will need a small facemask that will look similar to what doctors use. If you are working with paint or lumber you will only need the simple small facemask. If you are working with drywall or insulation, however, you will want a facemask that either fits over your entire face or fits underneath your goggles to keep everything protected. You will also want a facemask with a filter so you are not breathing in harmful and painful particles of the drywall or insulation.

Sunscreen

I know, it seems silly but if you are working outside you will want sunscreen. It is one of the best ways to protect your face from sun damage and keeps your skin moisturized. Be sure to apply and reapply regularly so you don’t come back in from mowing looking like a lobster.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com