By Allan Fuller
The Easter Break might just be the time you decide to do some DIY around the home or garden. The UK is arguably a DIY nation; a 2018 survey of more than 2,000 British homeowners showed that more than half of people had undertaken a repair, maintenance or home improvement task in the previous 12 months.
However, DIY can be dangerous.
A national newspaper recently reported that almost 300 people a week have to make a trip to A&E as a result of a DIY accident. NHS England figures for the period April 2018 to March 2019 show that 6,867 people were treated in hospital after tumbling from a ladder, while a further 466 injured themselves mowing lawns. During the same period, household machinery caused 4,860 injuries, while another 4,050 people hurt themselves falling from furniture.
To help you avoid a mishap while you are while are attending to household chores, take a look at RoSPA dos and don’ts for DIY.
- Keep any tools clean and in good repair, and give each one a quick check over before you use it
- Wear appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes when mowing the lawn and keep your feet and hands well away from the mower blades
- Keep children and pets away when carrying out DIY
- Keep barbecues well away from trees, buildings and fences. Never pour petrol on a barbecue
- Some plants and berries are poisonous or can cause an allergic reaction, so be sure to familiarise yourself with your garden’s flora
- Keep all products in their original containers
- When changing a lightbulb or any completing any other task that requires you to work at height, always use a ladder.
- Although it can be tempting to save a few pounds and have a go yourself, don't tackle a job unless you really have the ability. A competent, qualified person should always carry out gas and electrical renewal or repair work
- Don’t rush – always plan ahead. Accidents happen more easily if you are unprepared
- Remember alcohol and DIY don’t mix
- Don’t bite off more than you can chew. It may look easy on TV, but in real life it is usually more difficult, and takes much longer than you think.