When it comes to DIY, safety must always come first. Otherwise, as highlighted by the title, you might DYI, and by that, I mean do yourself in!
With the above in mind, here are some safety tips to minimise the risk of any DIY blunders that may be made through unsafe practices.
- Don’t always do it yourself. No matter how much of a DIY nut you are, you must never rely on your skills alone if you are inexperienced or unqualified in any area. Sure, you might be able to replace the on off on rocker switches on your HVAC, and you may have the ability to wallpaper your living room walls, but when it comes to your plumbing, gas, and electrical supplies, you may well do yourself or your house an injury if you tackle these areas with your limited skill set. My advice: call out the professionals. Your life might well depend upon it.
- Ensure you have a clean and tidy working area. Any loose tools, wires, and building materials left lying around can cause an accident. Not only is this problematic for you, but it’s also a health and safety hazard for anybody else in your home, be that your children or your pets. Stack things in an orderly fashion, and when you have finished using something, put it out of harm’s way so it won’t cause an obstruction.
- Wear safety gear. Forget about hitting the heights of fashion! When you’re working on your home, you need to wear the appropriate gear, no matter how much of a dummy you look. From safety goggles to protect your eyes from flying debris to dust masks to protect your nose and mouth from harmful particles, you can buy much of what you need here. Ensure you buy similar for anybody setting foot near to where you will be working.
- Wash your hands before eating and drinking. Sorry if I sound like your mother here, but you must always wash your hands before having something to eat or drink. You will be handling all kinds of tools and materials, and your hands will be less than clean, even after wearing gloves. Resist the urge to eat in your work area too, and don’t leave any open food or drink containers nearby. Wash your hands as thoroughly as possible, and then enjoy your lunch or snack in a clean and safe place.
- Keep a first-aid kit nearby. From scratches and grazes to sawn-off fingers (ouch), the chances of an accident are high. Of course, you can prevent the risk of an accident by taking care and time in what you are doing, but you should still have first-aid equipment nearby, just in case the unthinkable happens. There are some examples here if you don’t already have one in your home. If you don’t have suitable first aid kits or equipment then consider Coast2Coast First Aid & Aquatics in Hamilton that can help and guide you to the most suitable items for you area of specialty.
- Use the right tools for the job. If you already have DIY know-how, then you are probably not an idiot, so this guide to the right tools shouldn’t surprise you. Still, it’s always worth making sure you are using the right thing, as not only are you risking your safety, but you won’t be as effective otherwise. You should also ensure your tools meet British or European standards (look for the Kitemark), and if any of them break, replace them rather than carry on regardless with something no longer fit for purpose.
So, in your DIY attempts, follow this simple guide so you don’t DYI. Your home and your life depend upon it! Better safe than sorry!