and others by following these basic safety guidelines:
safety glasses. If you're working in a crawl
space or above a dropped
ceiling, you never know what might fall from above
or what you might lean into in the dark.
common sense with ladders. Don't stand on
the top two steps. Don't over-reach - move the ladder
as you work. Make sure that anyone on a ladder has
a spotter at all times.
protective clothing. Long-sleeved shirts
and pants will protect you from minor cuts and from
materials you don't want next to your skin, like fiberglass.
Don't wear loose clothing.
be careless when lifting. Bend your knees
and keep your back straight. Don't be shy about getting
help if you need it.
use power tools unless you know how to use them. If
you use a saw or drill, work from a stable position.
To avoid making dust fly when you drill, place a damp
sponge over the surface to be drilled and then drill
through the sponge. Watch out for lengths of extension
cord that are easy to trip over. Don't leave tools
lying in places where someone might trip over them.
wary of electrical cable. Category
5 cable systems, like phone wire, carry low-voltage
signals instead of high-voltage power, so they
don't pose the fire risks that high-voltage (power)
cable systems do. Nevertheless, you'll probably be
working near power cable. Don't touch it,especially
in ceilings and walls - you never know when it might
be live. Know where the nearest fire extinguisher is.
local code. Building codes may prohibit
drilling or cutting holes in fire walls or ceilings.
Also, some parts of a building may contain materials
like asbestos or PCBs that must be handled only by
trained technicians. Check with your site administrator
to be sure you don't compromise safety in the building.
If you find damaged insulation, don't run cable in
that area. If you do drill through walls, you may need
to fill the holes completely with a noncombustible
patching compound. If your plan includes routing cable
through spaces where air is circulated, you may need
to use fire-rated (sometimes called plenum-rated) cable.