Your kitchen holds a lot of your home’s value. A great kitchen with classic kitchen cabinets can enhance your home; a run-down one drags down the value of the entire property. This is one of the reasons why kitchen renovations are some of the most popular remodeling jobs. If you’re considering your own kitchen renovation, make sure you give safety the attention it deserves throughout the process.
A safe job is always one that’s been carefully planned out. Review all of the work you’ll be doing and identify the most important safety concerns in each phase. Make sure you have the necessary PPE (personal protective equipment) on hand at all times, and keep a well-stocked first aid kit handy.
Make Smart Safety Choices For The Future
When you’re remodeling your kitchen, you have the opportunity to make choices that can affect the long-term safety of your home. Make sure all appliances comply with safety codes and have them installed by a qualified electrician. When choosing flooring, make sure you pick slip-resistant materials to reduce the risk of falling. If you’re working on the electrical system in your kitchen, install GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets to minimize the risk of shocks.
Know Your Tools
If you’re doing fairly extensive renovations, you may be using several different kinds of tools for the first time. Don’t assume you understand how to use your tools safely; review all manufacturer’s instructions carefully to learn how to operate your equipment properly. This is especially important for power tools you haven’t used before.
Like many larger remodeling projects, a kitchen renovation can go on for some time. Don’t let your family get complacent about living in a work site! Always make sure you leave the kitchen as safe as possible when you’re done working on it in the short term. When you are working, make sure other family members know not to wander in.
Control Power And Water
You’ll very likely be working with your plumbing and your electrical system in the course of remodeling your kitchen. Always make sure you shut these systems down before working on them. In the case of electrical wiring, you’ll also want to shut down the local circuits if you’re doing any sort of work (e.g. installing drywall) anywhere near the wires.
Don’t Be Afraid To Call The Pros
While an ambitious kitchen renovation can give you a chance to flex your do-it-yourself muscles and expand your household skills, don’t put yourself and your family at risk with the most important jobs. It’s okay to call on professionals to handle the most critical work in your remodeling job. Alternatively, you may want to work with a contractor who specializes in remodeling to ensure that the entire process is as safe — and as successful — as possible.
Staying safe while you work on your kitchen is largely a matter of common sense. Take your time, think things through rationally, and remember that building a better kitchen isn’t worth injuring yourself. As long as you remain aware of safety, though, you shouldn’t run into any problems while you upgrade your kitchen.