If the temperatures outside are anything to go by, it’s safe to say that summer is here and what does that mean? Sure, lots of barbeques and trips to the beach are on the cards but it also means it’s the perfect chance to get handy around the house with those projects you’ve been meaning to get stuck into since last year. No more cuddling up by the roaring fire and using torrential rain as a means to dodge your to-do list, it’s time to DIY!
Whether it’s hoisting yourself up a ladder to repair some pipes damaged in the winter winds, or simply setting up camp in the garden with the little ones for an afternoon of crafts, safety is paramount. Many people prefer to tackle DIY jobs themselves to avoid paying out for expensive professionals or sitting on a long waiting listing but if you are going to do this, there are some precautions you need to consider.
So here is some educated advice from me to you to help avoid those #DIYDisasters. Thankfully, there are people like Slater and Gordon injury compensation solicitors on hand if things do go wrong but accidents are always best avoided.
Make sure you read the manual
If you’re guilty of tossing the handbook to one side like a kid with a new toy at Christmas when you get your tools out, you could be putting yourself in a lot of danger. Manuals are there for a reason so it’s time to put the kettle on and get stuck in because you could be saving yourself a lot of hassle in the long run. Instructions are there for a reason so use them!
Don’t forget your safety accessories
Once you’ve read your manuals and clued yourself up on best practice with power tools, it’s time to make sure you’re dressed for the part. Make safety goggles and protective gloves a staple in your toolbox to keep important body parts safe and intact.
Know your ladder logistics
Ladders are one of the most simple and effective inventions to date but they’re also one of the most dangerous when not used correctly. A-frame ladders are the safest type but always make sure you place them on a secure, level surface with the frame locked into position. If you are going for the traditional type, never step on the top two rungs and never lean it against a door that is likely to swing out and send you toppling.
Leave the right things to the professionals
While DIY can be plenty of fun and super satisfying when you can step back and marvel at your very own masterpiece, there are some things that are best left to the experts. There are plenty of people on hand who have been specially trained in areas such as gas, electric and plumbing so more often than not, it’s worth investing in their expertise to keep yourself and your home in safe hands.
Oh and always keep out of reach of children but that one does without saying, right?