Top 10 DIY Safety Tips

Be Wary of Heights

If you don't like heights, maybe your body is trying to tell you something. DIY jobs that require walking on the roof or dangling from a second story window can result in an unscheduled trip to the emergency room. Professional roofers are required to wear protective harnesses for a reason. It's easy to become dizzy and disoriented up in the stratosphere, and successfully swapping out a roof shingle doesn't seem like adequate compensation for the risk.

If you have a roof repair in mind, call a professional. If you absolutely refuse to farm it out, invest in a roofer's fall-protection kit. You can usually find them at home improvement outlets for around $100. They're a harness with mounting gear designed for the DIY enthusiast. If you take a tumble wearing one, you'll only hurt your pride.

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