Top DIY Decorating Safety Tips

Two Home Renovation Hazards You ForgotMost people at some point tackle the odd DIY job in the home.  Whilst it’s easy to get carried away with eagerness to get started on the job, it’s vital that health and safety should always be taken into consideration.  Every year, nearly a quarter of a million people in the UK are injured whilst doing DIY jobs, and 70 people die.  These frightening statistics just show how important safety is when working around the home.

Preparation is key

Before you wade in to doing your decorating task, make sure you are properly prepared for it.  This could involve making sure you are wearing the right safety equipment, such as protective clothes, gloves, hat or glasses, etc, and have the correct tools for the job.  Or, it could mean that you have read all the necessary instructions for completing the job correctly and safely.  If you’re not 100{438cb2300061349b6c7d90eaf8485b34cb640385e490e43e302dd2e197f2ab69} sure of what you’re doing, then read up on the subject until you know, or if in doubt, call in the professionals to tackle the job for you.

Use a ladder safely

A huge number of DIY injuries are caused by falls from not using a ladder correctly.  Always place the ladder on an even surface and make sure it’s the correct size for the job.  Wear non-slip shoes and make sure the steps are clean and dry.  Don’t over-reach when on the ladder, and avoid using any ladders with dents, cracks or splits in the wood.

Carrying heavy items

Many tools and equipment needed to complete DIY tasks can be heavy to carry, so always make sure you don’t injure your back when lifting and carrying items.  Get help, if necessary.

Water and electricity

We all know that water and electricity are a dangerous combination, but it can be easy to forget when your mind is ensconced in a job that needs doing around the house.  But, you should never use electrical equipment in a bathroom, and don’t use electrical power tools outside if it’s raining.

Chemicals

Many DIY tasks involve the use of chemicals or solvents.  If you do need to use any, then always read the manufacturer’s instructions beforehand.  Be careful where you place these chemicals, and make sure they are out of reach of young children or not a danger to pets.  Always handle chemicals carefully and wear the appropriate safety equipment to ensure you don’t breathe in any toxic materials or that your hands don’t come into contact with them.

Stay focused

Lots of DIY accidents occur because the person doing the task doesn’t stay focused on what they’re doing.  It’s easy to become distracted whilst you’re doing a job, such as by what the children are doing or what’s on the TV.  But, in order to stay as safe as possible, you need to eliminate any distractions until the job is finished.  If that isn’t easy, then try and allocate time when you know you can get the job done.  Try not to rush the job, and never do a DIY task under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or when you’re feeling really tired.

First-aid kit

If minor DIY accidents do occur, it’s essential to have a well-stocked first-aid kit in the house, to help patch you up and enable you to recover.

These top safety tips have been provided by Vibrant Doors, suppliers of quality internal and external doors.