It’s estimated that more than 64,000 people visit their local A&E department each year due to accidents involving DIY tools . Drilling and decorating can be risky business! Still, that’s no reason to avoid those essential jobs; head-to-toe safety gear will keep you protected and needn’t cost the earth. Here’s how…
Scrimp: It can be tempting to wear your regular glasses for DIY; they are a shield after all! Fact is, they’re no good unless you wear safety goggles on top; woodchip has a canny knack of flying off at funny angles, plus they could be bashed, or worse smashed, if you’re doing high-intensity work!
Stay Safe: Proper safety goggles is all it takes- you can get hold of a pair for under a fiver. Ensure that you wear them for any job where a foreign body could enter your eye, including painting, sawing and drilling.
Scrimp: You might not see the need for a dust mask, however wearing one will dramatically cut your risk of developing asthma or more serious lung problems. Don’t be tempted to make do with a tea towel or other stand-in; if it’s not secure it’ll drive you mad!
Stay Safe: For the sake of a couple of quid- buy a dust mask! If you have any left over, you could always entertain the kids and pretend you’re a space invader…
Scrimp: Rubber gloves and winter gloves joust won’t cut it. When doing DIY it’s important that you can fully use your hands and that you have good grip. Your skin also needs protecting, especially if you don’t want sandpaper hands,
Stay Safe: If you’re lifting or carrying rough or sharp materials you must wear proper work gloves. You’ll be surprised how painful even a little splinter can be!
Scrimp: If you’re looking to cut costs, you might be tempted to do your DIY in a pair of trainers. They’re a better option that going bare foot, but that’s about it!
Stay Safe: Make the investment, and get a pair of safety boots. Imagine the pain of a hammer, a shelf, or a brick falling on your toe- trainers, or other shoes, will offer you no protection. As with all safety equipment, boots needn’t cost the earth- just make sure they have a decent toe cap and good grip!
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