We all know that DIY can get dangerous, everything from glue guns to hammers contain some kind of danger risk when you use them, but we all know how easy it is to forget about safety when you’re in the middle of a project. This post is just here to remind you to be careful during your DIY endeavours!
Know What You’re Working With
It might seem like an easy job to add extra insulation to your loft, or to convert it into a better storage space, but there are more dangers than you think! If there’s just beams instead of a real floor, it doesn’t take much to go straight through to the floor below, and if its an older building there may be a risk of asbestos! Places like slatergordon.co.uk can help with compensation in an event like this, but you should take precautions rather than need to make the best out of a bad situation!
Remember that safety equipment is necessary!
It might make you feel a bit silly to wear safety glasses for a bit of drilling, or gloves for a bit of sawing, but its better to feel silly and not end up needing A&E! Safety equipment exists for a reason and you should utilise it as much as you can, so many accidents can be avoided entirely that way.
Make sure everyone knows what they’re doing!
It’s a lovely gesture to have friends offer to help out on DIY projects, but if Dave has never fitted a bathroom before and Bob’s entire experience is putting a picture up for his mum, they’re likely to do more harm than good. The people who help you don’t need to be experienced professionals, but make sure they know what they’re doing and how to stay safe for everyone! It might seem funny when people get hit over the head with a ladder on TV, but it’s not so fun when its your own head. Plus your mates are quite likely to laugh at you.
Tell people what you’re doing
If you’re doing a project alone that could potentially go wrong, make sure someone knows you’re doing it and have them text, phone or drop in every so often to make sure you’re okay. In the case of an accident, you don’t want to be left in pain or worse for hours waiting for someone to find you, and since an accident probably won’t happen, you at least get a tea break excuse and some peace of mind.
What do you do to make sure you stay safe while you DIY? If you have any #DIYDisasters, share them in the comments!