Nowadays, people are more likely than ever before to tackle home DIY projects on their own. Although DIY projects can be hugely satisfying, a great deal of fun, and save you money, they can also be dangerous…
Accidents occur for several reasons, from using the wrong tools and equipment to tackling the job without planning in advance. Working safely, being shrewd, and thinking ahead is key to getting through the job unscathed. If you’re planning on tackling a DIY project in your home, then here are some of our top tips to help you stay safe:
1.Have a Fully Stocked First Aid Kit
It’s always a good idea to have a fully stocked first aid kit in case bumps, scrapes or more serious injuries occur. You also need to make sure that this kit is easily accessible.
2.Wear the Right Clothing
Before you start working on any home improvement task, it’s important to think about the type of clothes you are going to wear. Don’t wear jewelry, watches, or long-sleeved, loose clothing. All these things can get tangled in power tools or moving parts. It’s also important to wear the right PPE (personal protective equipment) such as steel toe-capped boots, safety goggles, dust masks, and gloves. All these things will help keep you safe and prevent injuries from occurring.
3.Check Your Power Tools Before Use
Before you start any home improvement project, it’s a good idea to check your DIY tools for any damage. If you’re a DIY novice, then there’s a good chance you’ll be borrowing tools or buying new tools for the job. If you’re borrowing tools from a friend, check to make sure they look in good order i.e., the wires aren’t frayed, etc. Never use a damaged power tool; either replace it or have it repaired by a qualified technician.
4.A Clean Workspace is a Safe Workspace
It’s often hard to keep a space clean and tidy while doing home improvement tasks. However, not keeping the workspace clean and tidy could lead to an accident. Make sure you safely store sharp objects, power tools, and dangerous materials out of the way.
5.Know Your Limitations
This is one of the most important tips we can give you. There are lots of jobs that homeowners shouldn’t attempt. One example is electrics. Whether you want to put up new fancy light fittings or install extra sockets, it’s a good idea to ask for advice from a professional electrician.
Before starting any DIY work, it’s also important to ask a qualified electrician or engineer to complete an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) on your property. An EICR from Trade Facilities Services, for example, will tell you whether the electrical circuits in your property are safe to use and whether any circuits need replacing before work starts. They aim to supply a quality service and are also competitive on price. The most important part of any home DIY project is the correct safety precautions. Evidence suggests that approximately 250,000 accidents occur each year related to DIY work, with as many as 70 deaths each year that could have been prevented.
Statistics show that one of the main causes of DIY accidents is people being overly ambitious and not planning properly in advance. By using the right tools and equipment, planning ahead, and more importantly, not taking any unnecessary risks, you can prevent yourself from becoming another statistic.