How to Keep Your Home Safe During a Renovation
If you’re planning a home renovation project, there are a lot of moving parts to consider. One of the most important and also overlooked is how to keep your family and the people in your home safe during this time.
According to data from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), construction is one of the most dangerous types of work in America. Of workplace fatalities, one in five happens in construction.
The rate of accidents and deaths related to construction sites are on the rise in recent years as well.
You have to then think that if your home is being renovated or work being done, the risks that construction workers face on the job could then become a risk to your family and the people in your home.
If you’re having a renovation project going on in your home, the following are some things you can do to help your family stay safe and make it a safer environment for everyone overall.
The following are ways to keep your home and family safer during a renovation.
Consider Relocating Temporarily
Depending on the scope of your home renovation project and the people in your family who live with you, you might want to weigh whether or not it would be best to relocate temporarily while some or all of the work is being done.
It can be expensive to relocate temporarily, of course. However, it can actually make the project move along more quickly if your family’s not there and that can keep costs lower, so it may end up balancing out.
If you’re unsure whether or not you should relocate, the best option is to speak with the people who will be working on your home to get their recommendations.
Put Things in External Storage
If you aren’t going to relocate or you don’t need to, you might want to find external storage during your project. This will help clear pathways in your home and remove potential obstructions for workers and your family.
Again, you can speak with the people who are going to be heading up your home project to find out their recommendations.
Along with safety and logistical reasons, you might consider putting things in external storage so that they don’t sustain any damage.
If obstacles are gone, again, it can help speed up the project.
When contractors are coming into your home before the project ever starts, you need to ensure they’re experienced, and that their crew is as well. You also want to make sure they are insured and certified.
As you’re hiring a company to manage the project, determine how many workers will be in your home altogether and at any given time.
If there’s a second door in your home that contractors can use exclusively, tell them to do so. That will help you keep up with who’s in and out a little better.
Once workers leave for the day, go through your house and make sure all doors and windows are locked, and if there are any holes, such as holes in the walls to access electrical or plumbing, ensure they’re sealed at the end of each day.
Talk with Your Kids
When kids see construction work going on, they’re going to be naturally curious. They may want to see what’s going on and potentially touch or play with things that can be dangerous.
Have an age-appropriate conversation with your kids about the risks of a construction site, and you might want to put up signs to remind them in areas where work is going on.
When there are projects going on, you want to put all tools away at the end of the day or have the people working take their tools with them. Don’t leave ladders or similar things out, and each day you should try and clean up spaces by at a bare minimum doing vacuuming. Wipe down surfaces, and change your air filters frequently during a renovation.
Finally, seal off the workspace as much as you can. Create a no-go zone for everyone in your family and think about not only your kids but also your pets. You’ll need to block out these areas as much as is feasible, and create a new traffic pattern while construction is going on.
A renovation project can be stressful, but be proactive in keeping your family safe during this time so that accidents and injuries don’t occur.