Take care of yourself while taking care of your home and yard! The warmer weather is great for spending time outside and getting projects around the outside of your home completed. A first aid kit is an important part of any home project toolbox, and for exterior work there are some other items to keep in mind.
When working outside, remember to drink plenty of water and keep to the shade if needed. The spring might have days where it is nice and cool, but it can get pretty hot in a short time, so be prepared!
Wearing gloves and a hat is important when working outside or in the garage. They protect your hands and head/face when you are working in your garden, taking care of the lawn, or checking your gutters for leaves and branches. Light nitrate or latex gloves are great when working with liquids, and heavier leather, canvas, or cloth gloves protect your whole hand. Hats can be used for protection from the sun and for cooling, and hard hats or helmets should be used when trimming trees or working where something can fall from above.
Also remember to use sunscreen! Even on our beautiful overcast Northeast Ohio days, there is still a possibility of a sunburn if you are not careful.
Investing in safety glasses is an important decision for every homeowner - for projects inside and out! Safety glasses come in different styles so you can find a pair that fits comfortably for your needs. Along with safety glasses, having a handy pair of earmuffs or earplugs is important for those loud projects. Earmuffs can offer the best hearing protection, and earplugs are small and handy.
In your work safety closet you should have a good pair of boots with adequate support, no-slip bottoms, and even toe protection. You should also have a pair of knee pads for those projects close to the ground - inside and out! Heavier-duty protective clothing is worn when working on projects that involve chainsaws or chemicals.
For projects around your home - inside and out - investing in a dust mask and/or respirator is important to protect yourself from dust or other flying debris that you might inhale. A fire extinguisher is important to have in any workshop or garage. There are large and small fire extinguishers available, so do diligent research in finding the one that suites your needs best.