Many people are considering doing some DIY this year, and the number of people choosing to “do it themselves” continues to grow with the popularity of DIY blogs, magazines, and TV shows contributing to this number.
While many people focus on figuring out the best colour wall to go with their furniture, or whether they should go for wooden floors or carpet, they’re often ignoring some of the things they should really be considering- the hazards associated with DIY.
Slater & Gordon Lawyers released an infographic that has some surprising information. The law firm surveyed more than 2000 UK residents to find just how many people were informed about the DIY dangers.
Gen Xers have been the most active when it comes to getting onboard with DIY, and almost a third of those aged between 35 and 44 are in the midst of planning their next project.
While this is great news, almost half of those surveyed said they’re not at all concerned about the potential health risks or hazards associated with these DIY projects.
One of the key ways to prevent the most common hazards is by ensuring that you’re covered with all necessary safety gear. This includes hand gloves, which will greatly reduce your chance of injuring your hands, and ear protection, since many people forget that power tools can damage your hearing- and this damage can’t be fixed with surgery.
It’s also crucial that you remember to wear protective eyewear, which can prevent blindness, eye injuries, and infection from objects flying up into your eyes. This is especially important if you’re planning to do any grinding or welding.
One of the biggest hazards is the potential for respiratory problems, which is why a safety mask is a must. This is particularly important if you’ll be drilling into walls, garages, or old sheds, as any buildings that were built before the 1980s have asbestos in the, which is extremely hazardous. MDF is also commonly found in many homes, and it’s made from a resin containing formaldehyde, which can lead to a variety of respiratory problems (it’s also a carcinogen. Spray painting, handling potting mix, drilling, and sanding are also all activities where you should be using face protection.
While you’re purchasing your safety gear, don’t forget to grab a helmet. Our heads are more vulnerable than you may think, particularly if you’re planning to be walking around a building site or working up on a ladder.
In order to avoid the most common hazards when planning DIY, always ensure that you have all necessary safety gear before you get started. Find out if your home has lead piping or asbestos, always wear a face mask and dampen wood before you begin cutting, and make sure that everyone understands the risks involved before the work begins.
Understanding the hazards and dangers of DIY will make sure that your DIY is completed safely, and prevent any serious accidents or damage to your health.