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During a renovation, safety needs to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. As a homeowner, you need to make the decision to either live in the home through a renovation or temporarily move out of the home during a renovation. This decision depends on the scope of the renovation, the age of the home, and who is completing the renovation.

For those do-it-yourself renovators, make sure you use the proper personal protective equipment. While working with anything heavy or sharp make sure you wear heavy duty work boots, preferably steel toe boots. Make sure your hands are protected with work gloves. Protect your eyes and ears with safety glasses and either ear plugs or hearing protective ear muffs. If you are working in a high place like the roof, consider investing in a harness. Above all, think before you work! Make sure you feel comfortable with your tools and materials. If you do not feel comfortable, make sure you consult with the proper professionals.

When you decide to live in your home during a larger renovation, consider these safety tips. Always wear shoes in any space being renovated. Make sure dust is confined to the work space as much as possible. If necessary, you can use a simple dust mask while inside the home. When it comes to things like lead remediation and asbestos, make sure you hire the proper professionals. Not all contractors are equipped to deal with these specialty issues so make sure you ask when issues like these arise.  If you stay tuned in to safety during your renovation, it will ensure that your renovation runs smoothly.