Summer is a great time for some home DIY and improvement projects. Kids are off from school, the weather is generally nice and you can get the whole family involved in some fun projects to decorate the house.
If you’re planning to test your skills putting up flat pack shelving for the living room, reclaiming that antique chest drawer, or by building a new seating area for the back garden out of palettes, then you definitely have your creative hat on. To avoid possible #DIYDisasters, you and your little assistants should keep in mind the following tips…
Never underestimate ladders
Always choose the right ladder for the job. Make sure A-frame ladders are always locked in the open position, and set on a flat surface. If you’re leaning a ladder against a vertical surface, make sure there’s a 12 inch spread at the base for every 48 inches of height. Never over-extend your reach even if that means the pain of having to repeatedly climb down and move the ladder along to reach the next spot you’re painting. A good rule to follow: one step at a time, two hands at a time.
Keep a first aid kit handy
It’s very easy to bang a thumb or catch your hand on a sharp edge. Always make sure you have a well-stocked first aid kit nearby.
Be informed of your options
If you’ve taken all the precautions and used the equipment in the best possible way, but an accident still occurs, know what options you have. It’s useful to know you can use professional help for personal injury claims in London.
Get your safety gear on
Safety glasses and gloves are a must for any DIY jobs where bits of material can fly up, such as drilling, sawing or hammering. If you’re using spray paint or there’s lots of dust around, add a dust mask. Don’t forget ear protection and closed toe shoes. Avoid wearing loose fitting clothing or jewellery that could get caught, and tie your hair back.
Know your tools
Check general good practices and how to use different types of equipment before you start. Never try to hold power tools with one hand. If you don’t have the correct tool for your home DIY project, they’re pretty cheap to hire so there are no excuses.
Know your limits
If you can hear a little voice in your head saying, “Hmm, maybe I should call in a professional”, then do it. If you’re not comfortable with a tool or part of the process, swallow your pride, stop and get help.
With these tips you should be safe and be able to enjoy your home DIY. Are there any other rules you follow?