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DIY Safety Tips for the Easter holidays

Easter is the busiest time of year for DIYer’s planning to do up their homes, with an estimated 9.5 million Brits doing some kind of home improvement over the weekend. As always, doing a DIY project that has been bugging you can be really satisfying, but remember to be safe.

More DIY enthusiasts are taken to hospital each year during the Easter period than any other, so we’ve put together a safety guide to help you stay safe this Easter:

Planning your project – Proper planning of your DIY project is important to staying safe. Rushing the job can lead to a botched job, or worse an accident so careful planning is recommended. Also, know your limitations, if you don’t think you can do a task then hire a professional or ask a friend or family member if they can help.

Wear protective clothing – Many DIY projects require the use of sharp tools and hazardous materials such as paints and lacquers. Protect yourself from injury and nauseous fumes by wearing protective clothing such as safety googles, gloves and dust masks. It is also a good idea to tie back any long hair that could get caught when using power tools.

Ventilation – When painting or using hazardous material inside always ensure that the room is well ventilated and wear a protective mask. Never smoke while painting or stand too close to a newly painted area, and do not use naked flames in rooms that have lots of saw dust floating around as it’s highly flammable.

Using the right tools – Using the right tools for the job in hand is key to stopping unwanted injuries. It is worth investing in some decent tools, as these will be safer more efficient to use and will produce more professional results. When not in use, store your tools in a safe place out of the way of children; a toolbox or locked cupboard are best.

Beware of electrics – When working on or around electrical appliances always ensure that the power is off. Switch off appliances at the mains and unplug them or turn the power off at the mains if you are working on an entire room. It is also a good idea to wear rubber soled shoes when working with electrical items, just in case.

Ladder safety – falling off ladders is one of the most common causes of injury for the DIYer. Erect the ladder according to the manufacturer’s instructions and ensure that the base of the ladder is secure before using it. Get someone to hold the bottom of the ladder if you are going higher than a couple of feet and never lean to one side as this can cause the ladder to become unstable.

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