- Never undertake a home improvement project unless you: have the proper tools at your disposal; know how to complete the project from start to finish, assuming everything goes as planned; and know how to complete the project if you encounter problems. It's smart to have the name of a trusted contractor you can call if your project happens to run off the rails.
- Keep a basic first aid kit nearby. Even the most careful and cautious contractors incur bumps and scrapes in the course of a home improvement project. Novices who aren't accustomed to such physical rigors are even more predisposed to minor incidents. A first aid kit is best kept on standby.
- Invest in the proper protection equipment. Many personal injuries are the direct result of a lack of protection. Don't try to cut corners on such things as safety glasses, gloves, face masks, ear plugs and non-skid shoes. Even long-sleeved shirts and pants can reduce the risk of minor injuries.
- Lift heavy objects with care. Most often, it pays to have a partner lend an assist with heavy or bulky objects. If you can manage a heavy object on your own, bend your knees and don't twist or turn to one side as you rise. Once incurred, back injuries have a nasty way of lingering.
- Balance a tool belt – or dispense with it altogether. Many DIYers like to emulate the style of their favorite TV host and strap on a tool belt. The idea has merit; it reduces trips up and down a ladder. But if a belt is too bulky or heavier on one side than the other, it's safer to leave tools on a nearby work table.
- Exercise ladder safety. Falls are the leading cause of home accidents. Ladders are a prime contributor, often because they: are not structurally sound; are too short for the task at hand; or are set too close to or too far away from a wall. As a rule of thumb, for every 4 feet of ladder, the bottom of the ladder should rest 1 foot away from the wall.
Call it a “perfect storm” of opportunity: affordable mortgages, robust employment and wage increases have converged in 2017 to propel home remodeling to an all-time high, up 4.5 percent over 2016. Professional contractors are reveling in the lion's share of the remodeling boom. But as any homeowner who has undertaken a major home construction project knows, it's difficult to remain a passive observer without yearning to get into the act by swinging a hammer, hanging a fixture or applying a fresh coat of paint. The personal injury lawyers in Las Vegas -- Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez -- commend the DIY spirit. But in an effort to quell an imperfect storm of home accidents, they urge homeowners to take a few precautions first: