Five top tips for staying safe DIY
Aug 12, 2020
This year homeowners have been faced with long periods of time at home and as a result we have been embracing DIY. However, carrying out DIY jobs can also carry risks, whether it is balancing precariously on a chair instead of a ladder or tinkering with electrics, we all know someone who doesn’t always keep safety in mind.
However, there are some top tips that you can keep in mind to ensure you can carry out DIY in a safe manner;
Use the right tools for the job - If you are working on a tree out in the garden, you'll need a large ladder with a platform to stand on comfortable with your equipment. Combination ladders with a platform mode or large platform stepladders provide additional stability and are ideal for gardening jobs that require work at height access. When carrying out work on guttering or window frames on the outside of the house, an extension ladder is advised. Alternatively, when working around electricity a fibreglass ladder is the perfect solution as they are non-conductive, reducing the risk of shocks. When buying a ladder, always make sure you look for a reputable brand such as Werner to guarantee its integrity.
Call in the professionals – Whilst there is always a temptation to start electrical work yourself, it is best to leave it to the experts. Additionally, any plumbing work needs to be certifiable so if you are ever in doubt about how to carry out a job instead of reaching for your tool kit seek out a professional.
Don’t stretch yourself – When working on a ladder, you should ensure that area you’re working on can easily be accessed without having to overreach – with the right ladder, you should be able to work comfortably without needing to frequently reposition yourself.
Wear the right gear – Many of us tend to carry out DIY tasks in old clothes rather than the right safety gear, but if you are using spray paint or there’s a lot of dust around, make sure you are wearing safety googles, gloves and a dust mask. It is also recommended to avoid wearing loose fitting clothes or jewellery that could get caught.
Keep the space clear – it is well thought that a ‘clear workspace is a safe workspace’, so we recommend cleaning your tools and work area as you go along – clearing up any spilt paint or oil will help to minimise the risk of slips. Make sure you always put the safety guards back on power tools and turn them off when leaving a room. To ensure extra safety, always store tools and equipment out of reach of small children.
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