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How to avoid DIY accidents


1st Jan 2015 Home & Garden

How to avoid DIY accidents

If you’re new to DIY, the first and most important thing to consider is your safety. Here are a few things to consider before embarking on your DIY project.

1. Be careful with the 'danger' tools. Research at Monash University Accident Research Centre in Australia found men were 5 times as likely as women to injure themselves renovating at home, and lawnmowers were one of the top 3 danger tools, along with angle grinders and ladders. Men in their thirties and of retirement age were the most likely candidates for a DIY-driven trip to hospital.

2. Use common sense. If at any point you feel there is a safety issue you should listen to your gut.

3. Use protection. Always wear safety goggles when you’re drilling, using jackhammers or welding. It’s also good to wear a mask when you paint.

4. Keep your feet on the ground. In bad weather it can be tempting to get up on the roof and fix tiles or gutters. But unless it’s a really straightforward job, getting on the roof can be very dangerous.

5. Leave it to the experts. A lot of jobs aren’t straightforward, especially when you start playing with electricity. Projects such as balconies and decks should always be done with the help of an engineer, and all electrical and plumbing work should be left to a licensed professional.

6. Use the right tools. Professionals are firm believers in using the right tool for the job because it saves time and avoids potential damage. DIYers, on the other hand, tend to be inclined to reach for the nearest tool. Tool selection is vital but you should also make sure you use the tool properly to avoid damaging it, yourself or the work.

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