After months and months of waiting, delays and boring paperwork, Joe and I are finally in our new flat. We have lots to do. We have to unpack, buy furniture and there’s a lot of up-cycling and DIY to be done!
I’ve heard stories of people accidentally dropping garden secateurs on his foot. Or much more serious accidents, like falling through a glass roof and severing the tendons in their arm. It’s good to know you can turn to services like Slaterandgordon.co.uk/personal-injury for piece of mind. But let’s face it, we want to avoid injury at all costs, so here are some safety tips to avoid #DIYDisasters from happening to you.
Think about the task you are under taking and how you can protect yourself from injury. Could wearing gloves stop you from getting a splinter? Or do you need goggles to stop things from getting your eyes?
Assess the situation
Before you start anything, decide what needs to be done. Can you lift the materials by yourself? Do you need support going up a ladder? If a job needs two people then wait until someone can assist you. Or if you are doing something like painting the outside of your house and you are going to have a ladder on the street, then try to avoid any busy periods your street might have, like school pick up time.
Leave the dangerous stuff to professionals
Leave skilled or dangerous jobs to the professionals, electrical jobs for example. It maybe cheaper to to follow a YouTube tutorial to do the work, but one wrong move could cost you your life. You may have completed the job without injury, but that doesn’t mean it can’t cause injury years later on.
Have you got the right DIY equipment?
It maybe tempting to go for cheaper materials or tools when completing your own DIY project. Not only can his result in less aesthetically pleasing results, but if could effect the stability of a structure if you use a weaker product or shorter nails.
Just keep breathing
If you are painting, or using some sort of solvent or spray make sure that there is enough ventilation in the room so that you don’t in hale too much, or make yourself ill.
Here’s a great infographic to give you more safety tips.
Ready more DIY tips in my Home and Garden section.Love Lilla xx