Five-gallon buckets keep first-aid kits and fire extinguishers easy to identify and access on the job site.
You should always have a first-aid kit and fire extinguisher on your job site, no matter how small the project. The problem is that one or both are usually inside the job box or truck, or somewhere else far from where the work is happening. Instead of sending someone running to find them during an emergency, I put both items inside a 5-gal. bucket with a loosely fitting lid that identifies what’s inside. The bucket makes it easy to move the kit around no matter where the work is happening, even on roofs and scaffolds, and the lid keeps the contents dry and protected. I show the bucket’s location to all of my crew and subcontractors every day before we start work.
—Graham Johnston, Savannah, Ga.
Edited and Illustrated by Charles Miller
From Fine Homebuilding #298