If you are lucky it might just be cuts and bruises you have to show for it, but if you’re unlucky then it could be much worse. DIY accidents are more common than you might think which is why you should always follow proper safety measures. In this article, I’ am going to share some essential safety tips that anyone doing DIY needs to know.
Wear Protective Clothing
If you are doing any kind of DIY work you will need to wear the proper clothing. Many people who do DIY at home won’t bother to wear the same safety clothing as a professional DIY tradesman but you should.
You might not need to be quite as strict but you should still have proper safety gloves, some eye protection and depending on the work you are doing you should consider some workwear such as work trousers or coveralls. For outdoor DIY work, you should wear a jacket and proper safety boots as well and if you have long hair you should tie it back or wear a hat.
Ventilation Is Important
Ventilation is incredibly important when it comes to DIY work, if you are painting or using materials that give off fumes make sure the area is well ventilated. A well-ventilated area will also help you cut down on things like dust as well.
Keep Your Tools In Top Shape
It really goes without saying that you should know how to safely use any tools before you start work. But knowing the proper way to use a tool is only half the battle, you should also ensure you keep any tools in good condition. Make sure they are regularly cleaned and oiled and safely stored away when not in use.
Take Your Time
DIY work can take time even small projects can end up taking much longer than you initially thought. But you should never rush DIY work no matter how tempting it might be if you rush you will end up making mistakes and could easily end up injuring yourself. Nothing good comes from rushing so remember to be patient and always take your time when doing DIY.
Put Ladders Up Properly
One of the most common accidents to occur when it comes to DIY work is with ladders. Ladders are essential to a lot of different general and specialist DIY jobs but they need to used carefully. Always and follow the manufacturer’s instructions when putting it up. Never lean or leave materials on a ladder either and make sure your path is clear when climbing down it.
Take Extra Precautions When Working Alone
Usually, it’s always advisable to try and do DIY work with someone else but if you do decide to go it alone make sure you take extra safety precautions. Carefully plan out your job and make sure the work site it clear, it is also advisable to let someone know what work you are doing and to have a means of communication with you at all times.
Keep The Worksite Clean
Finally, remember to keep your worksite clean it is easier than you might think for a mess to pile up when you are doing DIY. So, make sure you take time out to clean up and take breaks regularly as well.