Safety in the Home: How to Execute a Safe and Compliant DIY Project

There are some things in life that we tend to take for granted, with friendship, finite resources and the need to work for a living among the most prominent examples. Safety in the home can also be considered as a part of this list: while we tend to feel secure in our properties there is always a risk of coming to harm or suffering the adverse effects of an accident from something we didn’t even know could be dangerous. This is especially true when engaging in DIY projects, as the RoSPA report that there are an estimated 220,000 DIY related injuries in the UK alone every single year.


How to Execute DIY Tasks Safely: 3 Things to Consider

 With this statistic in mind, how can you safeguard your well-being when completing DIY tasks in and around the home? Consider the following:


1.      Conduct the Relevant Checks and Surveys

 Even when conducting relatively small and seemingly simple DIY tasks, it is important to conduct the relevant safety checks and inspections. This is particularly true when embarking on tasks that interfere with the structure of your home, as these may disturb wiring or pipework that sits behinds the plasterboard. By failing to complete thorough checks or guarantee the integrity of your handiwork, you are running the risk of damaging your structure, your safety and potentially your bank balance.


2.      Pay Attention to the Threat of Asbestos

 It is an accepted rule that owners of new-build properties will be subject to fewer structural threats and risks than individuals whose homes were built before the 1990’s. This is because modern building techniques and regulations have evolved to incorporate a host of crucial safety elements, including the classification of asbestos as an unacceptable construction material. With asbestos now proven to be a leading cause of lung cancer and similar ailments, owners of older properties will need to hire an industry expert such as Asbestos Management Services to thoroughly inspect the interior before commencing work.


3.      Respect your Tools and Materials as a Handyman

 Interestingly, the injuries caused by improper use of tools and machinery are estimated to account for 87,000 of the 220,000 DIY accidents that occur every single year. Even relatively safe and easy to use tools such as screwdrivers accounted for approximately 3,400 injuries per annum, which underlines the need for DIY enthusiasts to respect the tools that they work with and the materials that the handle. This involves learning how to operate each tool safely and effectively and following professional guidelines when using potentially hazardous substances.



From time to time we publish original guest articles. The above article was written by Vickie Bailey.

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