Home renovations can be great fun, but also pretty dangerous if you aren’t too careful. Whether you’re doing all the repairs yourself or working in a group or overseeing some renovations, it is imperative that you remain alert at all times. Plus the increased exposure to dust, cement and other building materials can be indeed disastrous for your health, especially if you have an allergy of some sort. However, there’s no need to worry as we made a list of careful tips so you stay healthy and in high spirits while working on home renovations.

1. Drink LOTS of Water: Seriously, the benefits of drinking water are gloriously underrated. While 8 to 10 glasses of water everyday is the usual norm, it’s time to increase the intake to 12 to 15, especially if you’re up for some strenuous work. Not only will it keep you hydrated and healthy while you work, it will also fight off the early signs of exhaustion and give you energy.

2. Take Frequent Breaks: No matter how caught up you are painting your child’s room in a new shade of pink or fixing a leak in the roof, make sure you take frequent breaks to relax and get back your spirits. A ten to fifteen periods of rest between say, a two hour shift can work wonders. Talk to your friends, get a quick snack or a cool drink -make sure that the activity is different, and that it doesn’t take too much of your time.

3. Stretch: Yep. Muscle fatigue is a serious issue, and if you’re not one of those fitness enthusiasts who make exercise their first priority when they wake up in the morning, it’s time you should take the cue. In between work, make sure stretch your limbs and do a few simple exercises. This will ensure that there’s less strain on your muscles and that your joints are flexible. Plus, you get a good physique. This could include using resistance bands to stretch, foam rolling your knots out, or using an inversion table to maintain proper spinal alignment.

4. Wear Protective Equipment: Even if it’s a small bit of renovation, try not to do them wearing a dirty old shirt and jeans.  Get the right protective gear be it helmets or safety vests or gloves. Chances are that you might not need them, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry, and even if there’s an accident, wearing the right protective gear will ensure that your injuries aren’t too serious and  that you’ll make a quick recovery.

5. Don’t Over Exert Yourself, No Matter How Excited You Are: Always work with a plan. Keep a blueprint before you. Make a schedule, fix the tasks and the timings and try to stick to that. Be practical. If there’s some dangerous bit of roof climbing, hire a professional instead of playing the superhero. Assess your physical abilities and do the work accordingly. And even if something does go wrong, do not panic. Keep a list of emergency helpline numbers at hand.


After all, it’s a healthy and happy family that make a house a home.

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