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Home Truths: The Dangers of DIY

Home Truths: The Dangers of A survey by supermarket giant, ASDA, reckons that up to 6 million home- owners used last year's late May bank holiday to carry out domestic With so many of us choosing to do-it-ourselves, we've taken a look at the most popular jobs around the home and the dangers that they can Rainy Day The topIVme improvements carried out in the UK are: New kitchen New bathroom New boiler or heating Extension Garden makeover Knock through rooms - Install solar panels Percentages shown of UK homeowners who carrled out each Job between 2010 -Attic conversion -Add an etrabedroom -Cellar conversion On the other hand, the 10 DIY jobs people most avoid are: - Replacing roof tiles - Plumbing Installing a shower - Plastering Knocking downa wall -Laying carpets - Paving a drive or patio - Laminate flooring - Fitting a kitchen unit Percentages show of paople survayad in February 2014 -Clearing gutters Do-It-Yourself; Don't Injure Yourself Whether sprucing up the garden, keeping up with the latest trends in home décor, or mending that troublesome plumbing, all DIY jobs have their risks, with some more obvious than others. The 5 most common DIY injuries in the UK are: Falling off a ladder Cuts on hands Pulling muscles Hitting fingers or thumbs with a hammer Back ache Approximately 220.000 people are admitted to hospital each year as a result of DIY-related injuries. Some of the most common accidents are caused by: Ladders and stepladders Grit, dust, dirt and, other particles Tools and machinery Figures quoted are annual estimates from 2010 Safe Hands Statistically, the tools that cause the most DIY-related injuries are: Saws Grinders Hammers Chisels Screwdrivers Knives Power drills and scalpels Axes Planes Welding equi pment The DIY materials involved in the most accidents are: Wood, chipboard, etc Wallpaper Paving / concrete blocks Screws Floor / wall tiles Glue, paste, etc Metal bars, sheets, Paint ond paint pots etc Bricks Self-Preservation Society LG In 2009 the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) estimated the average cost in terms of lost output (ie. inability to work) resulting from home accidents to be around £3,800, with serious injuries costing in the region of £6,700. So. for the good of your health and your livelihood, check out the good advice, below. Top Tips for Safe DIY Ladders - When using ladders around doorways, block access to avoid being tipped by an opening door. - Ensure ladders are on astable footing Check all feet are present, intact and evenly balanced. If possible, ask someone to hold it while you work. Don't reach too far and overbalance - Never stand on the top two steps of a ladder. If you need to reach higher, use a taller ladder! Drilling, sawing, cutting, hammoring and grinding - Ensure the materials you're working on are held fast using vices or clamp/s. - Besides, say, guiding the first cut of a saw, keep your hands well clear of blades, drill bits, and other hazardous cutting edges. - When using knives, always cut away from you. Run the blade along a baton as a guide. Powor Tools -When using corded power tools, ensure there is enough slack in the lead to allow for sufficient movement. Keep the lead well away from moving parts -Always use a circuit breaker to cut the power in the event of a short circuit or overload - Never use power tools in wet or damp conditions or in areas containing eplosive vapours or gases. Clothing -A wide range of work gloves are available for different DIY tasks. Ensure gloves are well-fitted to ensure a solid, non-slip grip. Do NOT, however, wear gloves when using power tools. - Tie back long hair and avoid wearing loose clothes or jewellery when using all tools. - Wear eye protection when using any tool that produces chips or sparks. If necessary and mouth or a full face mask. supplement this witha dust mask for your nose Painting -Always ensure the area in which you are painting is well ventilated to avoid inhaling toxic fumes. Always take your time and take regular breaks: if you are tired or are rushing, mistakes and accidents are more likely to happen. Keep tools, paints, and other DIY supplies well out of the reach of children. Enjoy! Who knows what you will create next?! WOODEN BLINDS DIRECT Piktochart eateom

Home Truths: The Dangers of DIY

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An infographic from Wooden Blinds Direct dedicated to the UK's love for DIY, and the dangers associated with it. What are the projects we undertake the most? Which jobs do we try to avoid? And how a...

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