Hello World! Welcome Friends! ‘Doing it yourself’ is the cheapest way of getting jobs done around the home. Sure, you could pay a contractor to come in and fix a leaking tap or tile the bathroom, but this is going to cost you money. More often than not, most of these tasks can easily be accomplished by you, even if you have no prior experience. You might not end up with a perfect job, but it will feel more satisfying – and it won’t have cost you half as much. However, if you do go down this route, it is essential that you pay attention to health and safety concerns.
Every year, thousands of people end up in the emergency room with a DIY-related injury. Most injuries are minor, but around 70 people die each year. This might not sound like a high figure, but 70 is 70 too many, as in all cases, these deaths could have been avoided. Here is a quick guide to help you avoid injury when practicing DIY. Ignore this advice at your peril!
Safe Work at Heights
The vast majority of deaths occur when people fall from a height. The important thing to remember when working at height on a ladder is always work together as a pair with a friend. One person needs to hold the ladder at all times. Otherwise, the ladder could slip or swing back and send you tumbling to the ground. Ladders are often to blame, but working on a roof is dangerous unless you use fall protection safety gear from stores like Harness Land. Even if your roof is flat, don’t assume you are 100% safe. It only takes something small to distract you and cause you to fall.
Working with Sharp Tools
Most DIY enthusiasts need to work with sharp cutting tools at some point. If you are careful, this won’t be a problem, but if you accidentally slice through a live electricity cable or trip whilst carrying a scalpel, it could be messy.
Beware of Power Tools
Never underestimate the dangers of using power tools. Chainsaws and other power tools make life a lot easier, but unless you use them correctly, they can cause severe injuries. For example, if you don’t wear protective eyewear when using an electric saw to slice up timber, you might end up with a splinter in your eye. Not only is this painful but it could also cause a nasty infection.
It might be funny to everyone else when you trip over a can of paint, but it won’t be so funny when you break a leg in the process, even if the video of your accident subsequently goes viral on YouTube.
Use Simple Safety Equipment
To avoid accidents, always use safety equipment when practicing DIY. Protective masks for the face will keep splinters, grit and dust out of your eyes and nose. Thick gloves will protect your hands. It is also wise to use a surge protector when working with power tools.
Let’s keep ourselves safe when working on a diy project. Thank you for stopping by! Remember Make it Pretty Monday goes live tonight. Hope to see you there. Have a lovely day/night depending on where you are in the world! Go with God and remember to be kind to one another!