There are plenty of DIY projects out there that can help you improve your home. You don’t necessarily have to hire contractors to upgrade your home. However, if you’re taking on a significant DIY project, you need to adhere to some basic safety principles to lower the risk of accidents and ensure that the project runs smoothly. Below, we explore how you can keep yourself safe when carrying out home improvement DIY.
Never try a project where you don’t feel 100 per cent comfortable
Before you attempt a home improvement project, you should assess whether it’s feasible. Are you familiar with the tools you’ll have to use? Are you comfortable carrying out the physical work required? Do you have the budget to complete the task? Will the project definitely improve your home? All these questions can inform you of the feasibility. If, after considering these questions, you don’t feel fully comfortable with the project, it’s best not to attempt it.
Wear appropriate clothes and PPE
When you begin working on a home improvement project, you should ensure that you wear the appropriate clothes and PPE. Ideally, you’ll wear durable clothing that covers most of your skin – this can help minimise the damage from cuts. At the same time, you should invest in the appropriate PPE: protective eyewear, hard hats and gloves can all help mitigate the damage when you suffer an accident.
Prepare for accidents
There are situations and times where an accident is more likely. Research from the National Accident Helpline reveals that August 1 is the most accident-prone day of the year. If you’re working on a project around this time, you should be especially careful. If you do suffer an accident, though, you could potentially earn compensation. By making a personal injury claim, you could earn the compensation you need to focus on your recovery.
Read the manual
Reading the manual can seem tedious, but if you know what you’re doing then it’ll lower the risk of injury. Before you use new tools or equipment, you should take the time to read the manual and practice to get a feel for the machinery.
Make enough space
You can also keep yourself and others safe by making enough space. Before you begin your project, ensure that you have a wide-open space to work in, free from clutter. You should also make sure that your children and pets can’t access this space while you’re working.
Home improvement DIY can be satisfying and rewarding. But only as long as you avoid an accident. By reading the advice above, though, you should be all set to improve your home safely.