Safety Tips For Home Improvement Projects

diy home improvement projects safety tipsHome maintenance and improvement projects are always gratifying when you do them yourself. It may take a few tries to get everything done exactly the way you want it, but at least you did it yourself. In addition to your self-gratification, DIY projects for your home can save you money. You don’t have to hire anyone to do it for you, so you only have to pay for the tools and materials needed.

Before you get started, there are a few things you should keep in mind in regards to safety. Here are a few safety tips for your next home improvement project:

1. Watch For Health Hazards

When you’re working on home improvement project, there are a few things that could  pose a threat to your health. For example, older homes have been known to have lead paint and asbestos. In fact, asbestos isn’t banned in the U.S. or Canada, where it’s still produced and exported. You should have your home inspected for the mineral and lead paint before moving in and starting improvement projects.

2. Use Proper Equipment

You should always wear eye protection as well as proper gloves and work clothes while working on a project. If you’re working around dust and wood shavings, wearing a mask will keep you from inhaling harmful debris.

In addition to protective gear, you should also make sure you’re using the right tools. Using an axe to pound nails into place isn’t only the wrong way to use an axe, but it’s also extremely dangerous. Always make sure you’re using the proper tools for the job. Some heavy equipment even requires a certification or a license to operate.

3. Set Up A Safe Work Space

Working in an area with plenty of space is important for getting your project done — but it is also important for your safety. Make sure there are no cords or tools lying around for you to trip over. If you’re working inside, you can also lay down plastic sheeting to protect floors and help make the clean up process easier.

Proper safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers and smoke alarms, are also important for the safety of any home. While you’re working, however, other needs might arise. If you experience an industrial spill while working on a home improvement project, you can use SpillFix Industrial Absorbent, which uses all natural materials and was recently awarded New Product of the Year by Occupational Health & Safety for sustainability and effectiveness. If you have any questions about SpillFix, feel free to contact us!


Using An Absorbent Product? Don’t Forget Your Spill Control Tools!

At SpillFix we believe in using products that meet several important criteria. In our view, an absorbent product must be non-hazardous to worker’s health, must be environmentally friendly, and must provide a fast-response solution for a range of potential spills in the work setting.

We’ve designed our SpillFix absorbent product specifically to meet those needs and ensure that any workers using it can clean up a range of oils, solvents and other fluids. However, our absorbent product is just the beginning when it comes to spill safety.

When dealing with a spill, two main steps must be taken no matter what the spilled substance in question may be. We’ve often spoken about spill clean-up, which is the second step workers must take when addressing a spill. But before a spill can be properly cleaned, a spill must be contained by using a range of spill control strategies and products.

Spill containment, or spill control, allows employees to effectively use absorbent products such as SpillFix in a safe, productive, and controlled environment. Without containment and control, the absorbent product just won’t work as effectively.

There are currently a range of spill control products available that allow workers to properly contain a spill before they begin using an absorbent product. Most control products fall into one of three major categories.

  • Drain covers – Spilled substances are not just dangerous within the work environment; often the materials we work with can pose a hazard to local communities and the environment if they leak out of a worksite. Drain covers prevent any toxic waste or hazardous materials from entering the sewer or storm drain systems. Available in a wide range of sizes and made from a variety of products, drain covers belong in any spill control arsenal.
  • Drain plugs – Got an open drain around your work site? Drain plugs stop contaminants from entering a drain and creating problems through public drain pipes. Just like drain covers, plugs can be bought in a wide range of sizes.
  • Spill containment products – You can’t clean a spill as long as it’s ongoing. When machinery malfunctions or massive amounts of liquid begin to leak no amount of absorbent product in the world will stop the spill from spreading. That’s where containment products come in. These products ensure that leaking machinery does not create a catastrophe at work by containing a spill within a locked off area. Spill containment dikes, berms and booms offer a range of containment options in varying sizes, shapes, and flexibility, ensuring that you’re equipped to handle any spill scenario.

There is, however, a fourth product category to consider when addressing spill containment and control:

  • Safety accessories for your containment tools – Why stock up on safety equipment only to risk damaging that equipment? Safety accessories for your containment tools, such as carrying case, wall mounts, and protective covers, will ensure that your spill control products work properly when you really need them.

No one knows better than us that spill response teams need to act fast in the event of a spill. With the appropriate control and cleanup supplies on hand, no work accident needs to become a public safety hazard.

Companies Must Prepare and Equip Employees For Offsite Spills

Workplace safety is a term that is relevant beyond the office or warehouse environment. In fact any employee in your chain of production and distribution is under your care. If your company transports products out to fuel distributors, liquid distributors or oil distributors, then the chances are that you understand this better than most.

Employees involved in the transportation of fuel, liquid, oil, or chemicals are some of the most underappreciated members in the business world. These men and women are often responsible not only for the safe transport of these valuable goods, but also for responding to an emergency in a way that both protects their own health and eliminates the risk of causing harm to the public or the environment.

Today, these employees are likely either involved in the transport of these goods by train, by truck, by oil tanker, or more often by pipeline. Each of these methods of transport have pros and cons; all of them, in an emergency, have the potential to accidentally release liquid, oil, chemical or fuel spills into the environment.

With this in mind, there are two major safety steps any company that transports these goods must take.

First, they must take responsibility to properly train their employees in responding to emergency situations, especially in case local authorities near a potential spill or accident are not properly equipped to handle the situation themselves.

Second, they must also provide their employees with the proper tools to respond to a potential emergency or spill.

These tools could include everything and anything from full Hazmat suits to a basic absorbent product, depending on the nature of what exactly is being moved. In any case, any company that moves fuel, liquid, oil, or chemicals to fuel distributors, liquid distributors, oil distributors, and other sites should always have several properly prepared spillkits on standby during transport for use in an emergency.

There are many safety groups and government offices that can help a company develop the right spillkit for their needs. After a plan has been developed it’s just a matter of the company purchasing the right absorbents in the right amounts. We recommend including SpillFix products in any spillkit; made from coconut husks, SpillFix offers a renewable resource-based cleaning product that promises not to cause any damage during a clean-up in an emergency or after it’s disposed. SpillFix also works far better than the average clay-based absorbent, absorbing any spilled liquid to actually stopping liquid in its path down an incline. Just click below to see a video demonstration:


With the right training and the right tools, your company’s employees can be the first responders to the scene of an accident – and could even potentially keep that accident from becoming even bigger. Don’t wait: make sure that your safety lists, and your spillkits, are as up to date as possible today.

The Ins And Outs Of Spill Kits

Maybe you restore automobiles in your free time. Maybe you work in an autoshop. Or maybe you’re an engineer, a chemist, or one of many other professionals who work around oils and chemicals.

If you are, then you understand the importance of a spill kit. In your line of work, oil spills, fuel spills, acid spills – they’re all possible accidents that you need to be ready for. Sometimes they’re minor spills, and sometimes they’re a bit more troublesome, and maybe even dangerous.

Wherever spills are possible, a spill kit is a necessary tool to keep on hand at work or even in your own personal restoration shop; spill kits help you launch a quick, safe response to a variety of spills. If you don’t have a spill kit yet, or maybe need to restock yours, keep reading – our tips will help make sure your spill kit is ready to tackle any spill clean-up.

What should you have in your spill kit?

The typical spill kit contains two, maybe three types of items. All spill kits include protective clothing (or Personal Protective Equipment), as well as tools to clean up any spill that occurs. Sometimes, spill kits can include additional tools used to stop the leaks that caused the spill in the first place.

A spill kit usually contains protective clothing. and equipment to clean up the spill. Some kits also include equipment to stop leakage.

What are some specific items that I need to include in my spill kit?

This depends on the type of spills you work around and the size of your kit. For example, a small spill kit used to address oil spills would at least need gloves, sorbent, a container to store any cleaned up materials, a whisk broom and pan, and heavy duty plastic bags.

Larger spill kits, on the other hand, should include protective clothing for at least two people – including gloves, boot covers, goggles, duct tape, and potentially steel toed boots or helmets, depending on where you work.

What are some non-traditional tools my kit should include?

At least one non-traditional tool a spill kit should include is SpillFix. While a bunch of absorbent products made for spill kits are clay-based, SpillFix is made from coconut husks – and it works wonders. A small amount of SpillFix is four times more efficient than the average clay based absorbent on today’s market, is environmentally friendly, and is very easy to dispose of – meaning that you don’t necessarily need to keep numerous containers on site if you’re worried about dealing with multiple spills at your job. Additionally, SpillFix works well with a wide range of products, from cooking oils to hydraulic oils; it even works well cleaning up paint spills.

We have one final piece of advice for you as you update or build your spill kit: plan for the worse situation that could happen at your job site or in your restoration shop, and then over-prepare for that situation. This will ensure that you are set to address both foreseen and many unforeseen incidents on site. Even the safest worksites have accidents and spills sometimes; having a well stocked spill kit ready for use, though, will ensure that those accidents are addressed swiftly and promptly.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.


%d bloggers like this: