Safety Equipment & Supplies
Safety Equipment is meant to protect the wearer from injuries while working.
These types of Tools and Supplies are by far, the most important items in your Tool Arsenal!
Some are designed to protect specific parts of the body, while other types are designed to protect the entire body from harm, but all of it only works if you wear it.
It will NOT help you if it just hangs on the Wall or remains in drawer!
Safety Equipment & Supplies: is any device that makes the work you are doing safer. There are a variety of Safety Tools in this category, and all have a specific purpose.
The most commonly used Safety Equipment & Supplies are as follows:
Carbon Monoxide & Smoke and Fire Detectors: A must have in any home. Check with the Fire Codes in your area to see where and how they should be installed.
Ear Protection: Should be used when working with loud power tools, whether for a short time, or an extended period. Each type is usually rated for the amount of decibel protection that it provides.
Earplugs: Can be individual plugs to be installed separately into each ear, or a headband type with plugs attached to both ends. Offers some protection against noise, but not as good as some Ear Muffs.
Ear Muffs: Are designed to better protect your ears from loud noises as well as bump protection, with certain types designed to protect against higher/louder decibels.
Eye & Face Protection: Includes: Safety Glasses, Safety Goggles, Full Face Shields, and Welding Helmets. Depending on the type, these items can protect you against: foreign objects, chemical splashes, and/or burns.
All types come with either clear or shaded lenses, in varying degrees of darkness. Some types are fog-resistant, when working in high humidity conditions. The best type to use depends on the type of project that you are working on.
Safety Glasses: Will usually keep most of the sawdust and other debris out of your eyes when working. However, sometimes the debris can drift over the top of the glasses. Most only provide low-impact protection.
Safety Goggles: Are designed to keep all debris from entering your eyes. They are form fitting, and fit snugly against your face, completely encompassing your eyes. Some types are fog resistant, and are good to use in high humidity situations.
Full Face Shields: Offer the best full face protection as their name implies. A Full Face Shield is best to use if you are working with a caustic chemical that may splash you anywhere in the face.
Welding Helmet: A must when you are welding. The face-plate comes in a variety of darkening shades to provide you with the best protection for your eyes from welder’s burn, as well as to protect your face from sparks.
Fire Extinguishers: Must have pieces of Safety Equipment for every Homeowner.
Class A:B:C: For any room type extinguisher. Used for: wood, paper, plastics, flammable liquids and electrical equipment.
Class K: Extinguisher is for cooking oil fires in kitchens.
Fire Extinguishers come with easy to install mounting brackets. It is a good idea to install a Class A:B:C Fire Extinguisher in both your Primary and Secondary Bases.
Foot Protection: Can be work boots with or without steel toes. The type that you use will depend on the project that you are working on. It is always best to wear some type of work boot when doing Home Repairs, as apposed to wearing tennis shoes or flip-flops, which offer limited to NO protection whatsoever.
Work Boots: (NON-steel toed) A boot designed for light duty projects, such as digging a hole to plant a bush or working on a minor inside home project.
Steel-Toed Boots: Are designed to protect your feet, especially your toes, when working on heavy-duty projects, such as: jackhammering up a concrete drive or installing a paver patio.
Full Body Protection: Can be as simple as rain gear or as complex as an entire welder’s outfit to protect your entire body from burns. Use the type of protection applicable to the project that you are working on.
Rain Gear: Can be simply a poncho to protect yourself from getting wet in a slight drizzle, or a jacket, pants, and waterproof boots to keep you dry while pressure washing.
Welding Protection: Can be a full-length apron, or a welding jacket with sleeves and chaps, in order to protect yourself from sparks and/or flames.
Hand Protection: Gloves and mitts to protect your hands, which are made out of a variety of materials, each with specific protection in mind. They are usually made of: canvas, cotton, leather, plastic, vinyl, or micro-suede. Choose the type that will best protect you for the type of project that you are doing.
Canvas Gloves: Are usually more loose fitting, and are fine for carrying lumber, and will provide reasonable protection against splinters. However, this style of glove will not work well if you are trying to pick up a nail that you have dropped.
Cotton Gloves: Are fine for many yard projects, but are only made to be used to keep your hands clean. This type of glove offers little protection from thorns or any other sharp objects.
Leather Gloves: Will provide more protection from thorns or any other sharp objects, and will usually give you a better grip on your tools.
Mechanic’s Gloves: Are the most versatile Hand Protection, and are usually ideal for most situations. They are strong, provide reasonable protection against punctures, and provide a better grip than Leather Gloves.
This style of glove is made from a variety of materials, and is more close fitting. It is a great, all-purpose glove, suitable for use during most projects (except for wet environments).
Plastic and Vinyl Gloves: Are best for keeping your hands dry when working in wet conditions.
Welders Gloves and/or Mitts: Are specifically designed to protect your hands when welding.
Head Protection: Designed to protect your head. The kind of protection that you will receive, will depend on the type used. Head Protection includes: ball caps, painter’s caps, bump caps, insulators, welding helmets, and hard-hats. The best type to use will depend on: what you are doing, and what you are trying to protect yourself from. Use the appropriate Head Protection for each project.
Ball Cap or Painter’s Cap: Will provide you protection against debris and/or paint from landing in your hair, but will not protect you much against bumps to the head.
Bump Caps: are designed to protect the wearer from minor bumps, bruises, and lacerations due to minor bumping.
Hard-Hat: Designed to protect your head from items banging into your head. It is good protection to wear if you are working with or near items that can fall on you.
Insulators: Will provide extra warmth when worn alone or in conjunction with another piece of Head Protection.
Welding Helmets: Designed to protect the wearer from sparks and burns during a welding project.
Knee & Elbow Protection: Pads that are usually worn to protect these areas from constant contact or bumps.
Knee Pads: Come in padded or hard shell models, depending on the protection needs. Padded styles are meant to provide some relief when kneeling on hard surfaces for extended periods of time. Hard shell models are better suited for kneeling on gravel or other very rough surfaces, and for better bump protection.
Elbow Pads: Also comes in padded or hard shell models, offering protection when working in confined spaces, where your elbows may rub against course materials, or bump against hard surfaces.
Nose & Throat Protection: Can be anything from a simple dust mask to a chemical respirator. Again, use the best protection applicable to your project and for the types of materials and/or chemicals that you are working with.
Dust Mask: Mainly only protects against dust and minor debris. Good to wear when working with Insulation or for protection against sawdust and wallboard dust, but offers very limited protection against fumes or vapors. NOT recommended for use with chemical fumes or heavy mold issues.
Respirator: Best protection against fumes and vapors. Best styles provide interchangeable filters for specific uses. Check to make sure that the filter you are using matches the protection needed.
Thank you, and Stay Safe!