Monthly Archives: August 2014

Preventing Accidents in the Home – Advice & Tips

common_diy_injuries_at_home_2The world of DIY craftsmanship is both rewarding and dangerous. Many times the burgeoning DIYer will be forced to utilize tools outside of their immediate comfort zone.

Even if you practice all of the proper safety protocols it is still a possibility that you will get hurt.

Accidents can happen–you can’t control them. Without being able to control accidents, outside of following safe protocols, it will help you to be aware of issues that can possibly crop up.

I’ve decided to pull together a variety of different tips and pieces of advice for common DIY projects around the home. Check ‘em out.

Fire Related Accidents

Accidents involving fire are dangerous, scary, and always fast acting. A fire can start and spread in the blink of an eye and cause damage throughout your home while putting your own life in danger. To follow proper fire safety protocol is absolutely important.

  • Keep heaters and open flames away from your furniture and any hanging curtains. You want any flames to be well out of striking distance were a breeze to take it.
  • Do not leave pans unattended while fry fat or any other substances. Kitchen accidents are one of the most common causes of house fires.
  • Equip your home with the appropriate amount of smoke detectors.

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Electrical Related Accidents

When we work on a new project the odds are good that we will have to deal with electical wiring at some point. It’s not a fun part of the job but it is necessary. What is even more important than a great project is well practiced electrical safety habits.

  • Every five years you need to have your house wiring inspected by a licensed professional. Unless you are licensed, this is one DIY project you’ll want to step away from.
  • Refrain from overloading electrical sockets. Spread out the draw appropriately to prevent sparking and firing.
  • If you plan to use power tools in your home, which as a DIYer is likely, you should have a RCD installed. RCD stands for ‘residual current device’.

Heating and Cooking Related Accidents

Nothing hurts worse than a bad burn or is more dangerous than a house ready to go up in flames. There are a few integral tips pertaining to the kitchen that must be followed.

  • Maintain clean air vents around fuel burning appliances. This will prevent the build up of deadly carbon monoxide.
  • Always check your pilot lights to ensure that they are lit. Unlit pilot lights can lead to the above CO2 issues.
  • Sweep out your chimney at least once a year to prevent build up.

DIY Related Accidents

Being a competent DIYer isn’t an easy job. You have to learn a lot and trust in yourself in order to make it happen. It’s a rewarding experience but sometimes it will lead you to experiencing potential dangerous accidents.

  • Don’t attempt jobs that are outside of your realm of ability. No electrical training? Avoid it. No piping qualifications? Hire out.
  • Keep all power tools clean and in good repair.
  • Always wear appropriate clothing: heavy boots and gloves are your best friend.
  • Be slow and steady with sharp objects.

Even with the utmost care being taken there are still chances that something may go wrong during a DIY project. You can only train so much and be so safe before an accident strikes. If something occurs to injure you, or a loved one, that is not the fault of your own actions then consider getting a lawyer. If something was wrong with the tools that you used then they need to be brought to justice in order to aid your suffering.

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Finding the Best Location to Open a Gym

Finding the Best Location to Open a GymFitness enthusiasts who are considering opening up their own gym or fitness center need to remember the key element when it comes to real estate: location, location, location! The right location can make or break a new business, no matter what kind it is. Properly trained real estate agents will be able to provide details about specific locations that will help an entrepreneur choose the best possible place to build or open their business. Data concerning traffic, population, demographics and per capita income for each area are key elements in how well a new business will thrive in a particular area.

Go Where the Business Is

Gyms are often frequented by individuals who pass by them on their way to and from work or or other regularly scheduled activities. Opening a gym in an area that is frequently traveled by commuters can open up an entirely new demographic. Making the gym accessible is extremely important. A person who exercises on a regular basis will normally choose a facility that is convenient and doesn’t force them to go out of their way.

Knowing the type of clientele a person wants to draw to a facility will also play a large role in where the business should be located. If professional members are desired, the gym should be located closer to the business district. If a gym is designed to meet the needs of a more casual crowd, the facility should be located closer to residential areas. Finding a happy medium is not out of the question, but can put a damper on or the other groups, depending on the atmosphere of the facility.

Find an Existing Building

Best Location to Open a GymWhen opening a new business gym (or any other business for that matter), choosing an existing building can reduce the overall startup costs dramatically. If the owner chooses to build the facility from scratch, the cost can be overwhelming and create an obstacle that is difficult to overcome. An existing building negates the need for building permits, the cost of new materials and months of waiting while the facility is being built.

An existing building can be easily adapted into whatever the owner desires. Walls can be added or removed and the facilities can be upgraded to accommodate various different amenities including a juice bar, day care, or whatever else the owner wants to offer his or her clientele. Most existing buildings also have ample parking. Once a location is found that suits the business’s needs, the next step is making sure there is enough parking and making sure the building is accessible.

Cost

costKnowing the financial means of the individuals who live near the gym’s location will be a large factor in whether or not residents in the area choose to frequent the facility. If the prices are too high, residents won’t be able to afford memberships. If the cost is too low, the facility may not be able to meet their obligations financially.

Putting a facility in a residential or commercial district will also play a role in how the business is taxed. Knowing what property taxes are for each particular area will help a new business owner make a wise decision about where to locate the business. In some cases, communities will help a business get established if it helps the community in return. Cities can offer tax incentives and other benefits to new business owners who choose to open a gym or store in a specific area.

The right location is extremely important if the owner wants it to succeed. Different neighborhoods offer various benefits. Knowing which ones make the most sense for opening a gym or fitness center will help the owner choose between a good location and the best location.

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