Be safe when doing DIY projects
The Christmas holidays are fast approaching. In other words, it’s free time to catch up on tasks you’ve missed throughout the year.
Based on statistics:
- 75% of DIY injuries that occur around the home while completing maintenance, gardening or vehicle maintenance.
- Men are five times more likely than women to be involved in DIY injuries,
- grinder, buffer, When One in five DIY injuries are caused by polishers.
Our 10 DIY Safety Tips
We’ve put together a list of 10 handy safety tips for all your DIY projects.
- Wear protective clothing such as safety goggles, safety gloves, and a dust mask when working with potentially hazardous materials such as glass or spray paint. Wearing a mask is also recommended when working in dusty environments, such as sawing wood.
- Adequately ventilate the room when painting or using materials that produce toxic fumes or dust.
- Always use the right tools for the job. It’s worth investing in quality equipment. Because it’s safer and probably gets the job done faster.
- Store tools in a safe place out of the way of children and pets. Store in a box or rack.
- Always disconnect power and remove fuses or circuit breakers when servicing or checking electrical appliances or connections. When servicing an appliance, switch off the appliance at the socket and unplug it. Wear rubber-soled shoes when working with electricity.
- If you use a power drill, choose a non-conductive model with a plastic body. Unplug the drill before installing parts and remove the chuck key before turning it on. Avoid wearing loose clothing or jewelry that can get caught in the drill.
- Ladders are one of the leading causes of DIY accidents. Stand the ladder according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Do not lean to one side as you may lose your balance.
- Do not rush, as this increases the chance of getting into an accident. Before starting work, plan your work carefully. It’s also a good idea to ask someone if they can help.
- Keep a first aid kit handy. Make sure you have enough in stock and within reach.
- This may be the last safety tip, but we consider it the most important. Always wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety glasses, gloves, steel cap shoes, and earmuffs when embarking on any kind of DIY project.
Elliott Personal Protective Equipment and Home Safety Products
We’ve put together a list of Elliott products you already have for work and can use at home.
Enjoy safe and fun DIY.
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