Life: Staying Safe Doing DIY

Recently I moved into my own home. For the first time since leaving my parents’ house, I no longer have to worry about a landlord, estate agent checks or waiting to get approval for repairs or improvements.

This also means that it’s up to me to pay for any work that needs doing, so it’s time I get to grips with DIY. I’m definitely a beginner when it comes to home improvements so I’ve spent some time researching safety tips to ensure I don’t end up on the phone talking about personal injury claims. I recently found out that 48% of us are unconcerned about our health while doing DIY projects, so in case that’s you, here are some of the best tips I’ve come across…

How to stay safe while doing DIY

  • Make sure you’re using the right tools. Additionally, find out how to use tools correctly before starting on your project, or you could really injure yourself (and damage your property!)
  • Take your time, start the project when it’s still light, and make sure you’re not stressed or tired; if you’re mind isn’t fully on the job you’re more likely to make a mistake.
  • Don’t let your pets get in the area where you’re doing DIY. If your cat is anything like mine, they’ll have knocked over everything within five minutes of starting. It’s also unsafe for animals to be around tools or machinery as they could harm themselves.
  • ASK FOR HELP. Even if you just ask the internet for help, don’t use anything unless you’re sure you know how to use it, and don’t go near any wires unless you’re confident you know what you’re doing. There’s no harm in asking for help, and it could save you from causing damage.

Solicitors Slater & Gordon were kind enough to send me this handy infographic full of ideas for DIY safety, take a look!

*This is a collaboration with Slater & Gordon but DIY tips my own*