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    Survivor guide: DIY at home


    DIY is a part of almost everyone’s life.  In a time when we are all having to cut back on spending, doing work around your own home can be a useful way to keep on top of your budget and save vital pounds. But, DIY is not without its hazards, with many jobs around the home leaving you open to slips, trips and falls, as well as other forms of injury.

    How can I avoid DIY slips, trips and falls?

    Most DIY injuries can be avoided by the use of common sense. But, when you’re on the job it’s easy to forget about the little things as you pursue your vision for a perfect home. Here are a few ways to make sure that DIY doesn’t turn into A&E:

    • Wear protection – Depending on what job you are doing there are plenty of ways to keep safe. When drilling or using heavy machinery eye goggles are a must. Loose debris and dust can often lead to irritation or, in extreme cases, damage to the eyes. It’s also easy to forget about feet and hands whilst working around the home. A good pair of boots can prevent the agony of dropping equipment on toes, while sturdy gloves can help to avoid skin irritation and cuts. It’s handy to remember when working outside during the summer months to apply sun protection.
    • Take a break – When the day is nearing its end we all just want to get the job done. But, rushing while tired can leave you open to all sorts of danger. It’s important to remember to pace yourself and take regular breaks for food and drinks to keep your concentration levels at their peak.
    • Use the right tools – DIY equipment can be costly, but having the right tools for the right job can help prevent serious injury. Also, it’s very important to check that tools are correctly maintained by maintaining electrical cords and moving parts. Basic training with new equipment is essential, and luckily many home-repair stores will offer guidelines on how to correctly use tools. Online walkthrough videos can also be an invaluable source for getting the job done correctly.
    • Take care – When walking around a DIY area be sure to watch your step. Loose tools and fluids, such as paint, can lead to falls at home. Keeping an eye on where you are going can help you avoid possible injury.

    Now you should be ready to take on your home improvements in a safe and accurate manner.

    Date Published: January 5, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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