Five pieces of safety gear you should always have handy at the cottage

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The cottage is a place to unwind and get some relaxation in; however, owning a cottage also comes with its share of responsibilities to ensure upkeep and maintenance. Safety gear needed for falling branches, shovelling snow, roof repairs, pest prevention, and raking leaves are all just part of the deal when you sign on for a cottage property.

This upkeep is often a small price in exchange for gorgeous properties with amazing scenic views. Just look at these lake Muskoka cottages for sale, and you’ll know just what we mean!

While you could always hire professional services to take care of these tasks for you, many more assume the responsibility themselves. So if you choose the DIY route, there are some must-have items to keep around to help make your life a lot easier.

Here are five pieces of safety gear DIY handy workers should always have handy at the cottage

Work Gloves

Work gloves are one of the most versatile pieces of protective wear you can own. They can protect your hands from hazards such as splinters, cuts, scrapes, knuckle blows, callused palms and can create a better grip on the items you are lifting/moving.

Because of their versatility, these gloves can be worn for almost any task, from eavestrough cleaning, snow removal, wood chopping, leaf raking, and more because of their versatility. Just be wary of using tools or motorized machines such as a table saw, where any loose fabric of the glove may become stuck.

Safety Glasses

Safety glasses are often forgotten, but the importance of wearing protective eyewear should not. There is a reason they are worn in almost every educational safety video! Protective eyewear can prevent debris from entering your eyes and protect them from potential irritation or harmful damage.

Boots – Work and Seasonal

Remember how badly you cringed when watching the burglar step directly on a nail in the Christmas classic Home Alone? Avoid that from ever happening to you by investing in a pair of quality work boots with a soleplate. Additional safety measures such as steel toes will help prevent your toes from getting crushed, sliced, or stubbed on items such as rocks, tree trunks, or axe heads.

For the winter, having a good pair of work boots with an excellent grip will be paramount in preventing you from slipping in any icy conditions while outdoors.

Hard Hat

Protecting your skull is a no-brainer; Therefore, having a hard hat is essential to keep around at the cottage when performing various maintenance tasks. Wearing a hard hat while trimming branches, removing icicles, demolition work, or other jobs is always a good idea.

Knee Pads

While we call many maintenance jobs “handy work,” your knees do a ton of lifting as well. Whether it’s for more extensive jobs such as a deck repair or for recreational tasks like weeding the garden, knee pads will help protect the joints in your knees and prevent you from feeling stiff during your time of relaxation.

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