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General Diy Safety
DIY is now more popular than ever switch on your television any day and there is none stop programmers relating to DIY. Magazines are also carrying feature articles on the latest trend available to the DIY enthusiast and novice alike.

All year round now people are busy with DIY projects. Now as the clocks are turned back by an hour and the winter weather is well on the way. Most DIY-ers have now left the garden for another year and have moved indoors. The attention has now switched all internal home improvements projects with completion date before Christmas. To the finely tuned ear, can be heard a complete symphony playing on chords from wallpaper strippers, kango hammers and every conceivable power tools being used playing the DIY-ers anthem.

Accidents

On the flip side of this coin the news is not so good. Every year there are more and more people being serious injuries from DIY accidents. This is a cause for concern as most of these accidents are avoidable. The main cause are due to either peoples carelessness or lack of common sense when carrying out basic DIY. First of all, common sense is the order of the day but you all know what they say about common sense it's not very common.

Before you tackle any DIY maintenance or repair job, your primary concern should be safety. Remember that, if in doubt, always consult a professional. This advice will help to make your home improvements go smoothly and safely. Take the time to plan what is to be done could mean the difference between tackling a job safely and successfully or courting disaster.

Plan Ahead

Do not rush as you're more likely to end up have an accident. Plan ahead, and co-ordinate your tools and safety equipment with the DIY project that you are about to carry out. It's always wise to know your limitations and consult a professional if you are unsure.

Don't forget to take regular breaks, too. Tiredness can be a major contributing factor in any DIY accident.

Safety Guide

Safety tips let's start with the ladder: Ladders are one of the main causes of DIY accidents. Always erect your ladder in accordance with the manufacturer's written instructions. This advice on how to position ladders safely may make the difference in helping to save you from a nasty ladder accident

Protective Workwear

Wear protective clothing including safety goggles, gloves and dust mask when working with potentially hazardous materials such as glass or spray paint. It is also advisable to wear a mask when working in a dusty environment e.g. sawing wood or MDF.

Do you think as many do an accident will never happen to me. Eventually it may and only when it does happen that you'll be glad you were wearing the gloves, or the goggles, or the dust mask.

Power Tools

When using any type of power tool, choose a model that has a plastic non-conducting body. Unplug the all tools before fitting parts and remove the chuck key from a drill before switching it on. Avoid wearing loose clothing as they could get caught in the power tools while switched on.

If you're fixing an electrical appliance, switch off the appliance at the socket and pull out the plug. It's a good idea to wear rubber-soled shoes while working on electrics.

Always use the correct power tools for the job in question. It is well worth investing in high quality equipment as this will be safer and will probably do the job quicker and safer.

Learn to look after all your tools - and they will look after you. If it's broken, throw it out straight away. Do not wait until the head of your hammer comes flying off mid swing before you decide it's time to replace it.

First Aid Kit

Always keep a first aid kit where you can get to it easily, and make sure items are replaced as they are used.

Not DIY

Gas work is not DIY and always best left to a registered professional

Always enjoy your DIY project but remember be careful out there.
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