My husband has hurt himself so many times doing DIY (not seriously hurt) but most definitely bashed himself about. Once,trying to fit a new loft ladder, he ended up dangling out of the loft just holding on by his finger tips as the ladder swayed away from him. Oh dear me it was funny, but not so much for him and it really wasn’t very safe.Another time trying to fit a safety catch to the loft he actually locked himself in it.We always hire someone now for loft jobs!
Anyway my point is that it is important to stay safe while doing DIY.
Here are my top tips:
If the project requires 2 people do not try to do it by yourself you will get in a pickle and it could well be unsafe.
Use the right safety equipment such as safety goggles or perhaps hard hats from safety stock
Make sure you are wide awake and fully concentrating
Make sure you take all necessary checks and no shortcuts e.g checking for live wires before you drill
Ensure kids and pets are well out the way they have a habit of tripping you up
Always read the instructions and if you don’t understand don’t proceed
Do not use faulty equipment, wobbly ladders can be so dangerous
Take time to prepare things properly e.move obstructions out the way, turn off water or electricity,
Take time to clear up properly e.g turning off equipment , removing tools from children’s reach
If the project is too hard for you and/or potentially dangerous, do not attempt it. You are more important.
Good luck with your DIY and stay safe!
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