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Staying Safe over the Easter Weekend

As I write this blog, the sun is streaming through the window and spring has definitely arrived. With Easter less than a week ago, I am sure that many of us Brits are thinking of dusting off the tools that have been in the shed all winter and doing a spot of DIY to improve the house or garden over the bank holiday weekend.

However, a poll of 2,000 people in 2015 found that 68% said that they or their partner have ended up hurt when doing DIY round the house and I doubt that this statistic has improved over the last two years. So, when it comes to home improvements this weekend what are the key do’s and don’ts:

  • Do follow all instructions
  • Do carry out a mini risk assessment before starting work
  • Do wear protective equipment
  • Do use the right equipment for the job
  • Do use professionals for more complex jobs

 

  • Don’t overstretch yourselfKnow your limits
  • Don’t use tools you are not familiar with
  • Don’t cut corners
  • Don’t allow yourself to get distracted

A risk assessment before you start work is always beneficial and whilst, I wouldn’t suggest that you write one out, just going through the process in your head and making sure that it is safe to do what you intend, gets you in the right frame of mind to start work.

When using power tools, if you are not familiar with the particular tool, ask yourself whether it is worth taking an extra ten minutes to read the instructions and familiarise yourself with it rather than jumping straight in.

Remember that there is always a professional out there and it is far more beneficial to use somebody with the skills and expertise to carry out a complex job, than it is to overstretch your capabilities and end up injuring yourself or other people.

Whatever you are doing over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, enjoy the weather and have a wonderful few days.

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