The popularity of do-it-yourself home improvement projects has steadily risen in recent years. DIY can save you a great deal of money in the long term, particularly when it comes to painting and decorating tasks and routine fixes around the house that you would otherwise have to call a tradesman in for. It’s very important to stay safe while engaging in DIY work, so follow these basic safety tips for success.
It’s important to wear the correct protective clothing for the DIY task you are attempting. It’s easy to injure yourself whilst doing DIY, so it’s essential that you take every precaution to avoid this happening. You should wear safety goggles, gloves and a dust mask when working with potentially harmful materials like glass or spray paint. You should also wear a mask when working in a dusty environment or sawing wood or MDF. Tie back long hair, remove jewellery and avoid loose clothing when attempting a DIY task.
Wherever you are conducting your DIY work, the space should be tidy and well-organised. Trips and slips occur when floors are wet or cluttered. You should be able to reach all the tools you need easily, and have a chemical fire extinguisher on hand. Remember that paint is a chemical that generates toxic fumes, so the room you’re working in needs to be kept well-ventilated. This also applies to tasks that generate dust or wood shavings. You should never smoke while painting or smoke near a freshly painted wall. Ladders are one of the main causes of DIY accidents, so make sure that your ladder is positioned securely on a completely flat surface before use, and the safety locks are engaged.
Tools and Equipment
While doing repairs and remodels yourself will save you money in the long term, it’s important to make an initial investment in the form of quality tools. Without the right tools for the job, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to get the best results. Some people find that they have to spend more money getting a tradesman to fix shoddy work. If you’re unsure about which tools to choose for a specific task, contact a trusted retailer like the Anglia Tool Centre. DIY equipment, including tins of paint and other chemical-based products, should be stored in a high place, out of reach of pets and small children.