Easter bank holiday weekend is not just about eating copious amounts of chocolate, egg hunts, fluffy bunnies and Easter bonnet parades. Over recent years it is becoming more and more synonymous with a frenzy of DIY and home improvements.
Us Brits like nothing more than to get stuck in with a paint brush, or a power tool of some description. However, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) more accidents happen in the home than anywhere else, and an estimated 220,000 people go to A&E in the UK each year after being injured doing DIY, maintenance or gardening at home. There are also approximately 5000 deaths as a result of a home accident.
As much as we all like to save money, I’m sure none of us want to end up as one of the statistics of unlucky DIY enthusiasts this Easter. So we’ve put together a few helpful tips to try and avoid a DIY blunder.
- Know when to call in the professionals. Don’t undertake any major tasks yourself or underestimate something in which you may think is a ‘simple’ task. Any tasks involving structural changes, electrical works, plumbing, roofing or replacing windows should always be done by a professional. Mistakes using specialist tools can not only be dangerous but can prove extremely costly.
- Use the correct equipment. We all know how tempting it can be to stand on a stool or box instead of getting a pair of ladders. However, not using the correct equipment can have some devastating consequences. Remember, your safety is paramount at all times.
- Preparation is key. Always ensure you have a clear working area, and you know exactly what you need to do, whilst having the correct tools for the job. The more cluttered the area the more chance of an accident.
- Use protection! Ensure you are wearing safety googles or face mask when needed. A lot of reported accidents involve particles and foreign objects in the eyes, or even inhaled. If you are undertaking a DIY task which will involve a lot of flying particles, make sure you perform this outside or in a well ventilated area.
- Trust your instincts. If at any point you feel that something may not be safe or may not go to plan, common sense tells you to use your gut instinct. If it doesn’t feel right, then it probably isn’t… so don’t do it.