Ask Away Blog: Protecting Yourself Against Possible DIY Injury Risks: A Guide

Protecting Yourself Against Possible DIY Injury Risks: A Guide

Tuesday, July 21, 2020




Practising DIY tasks can be fantastic, and fill you with positive emotion. Why is this? Well, DIY is fun, even if it takes hard work to complete. Feeling a sense of autonomy and ability to craft your home exactly the way you wish it would be is a worthwhile use of your time, and it may help you learn new skills you can implement from here on out.

Furthermore, this effort will also help you feel more attentive when conducting home maintenance, thus lessening your need to spend on hiring professional services. There’s a sense of achievement in pointing to a certain implement of your home and saying ‘yes, I constructed that well.’

Of course, DIY is not a game. It requires real foresight and planning, and best practice. You can get injured if you’re not careful, by the virtue of working with tools and sometimes large materials. No injury rate above 0% is acceptable, and so it’s for any budding DIY-er that we wish to provide the following advice:

Correct Protective Equipment

It’s important to wear protection when performing DIY tasks. Clothing that is relatively fitting and does not pose a hanging risk can be important. Better than that, however, is wearing overalls fit for purpose. They can protect your clothes underneath and are designed for practicality. They will have long sleeves and protect your forearms, as well as avoiding the chance of dangling clothing items from interfering in your work. You can purchase these relatively cheap from most hardware outlets.

Other protective elements include safety glasses, ear defenders, hard hats, protective thick gloves, steel-capped toe boots with excellent grip (important), and even exterior safety equipment, such as additional lighting stands, or dust sheets. Investing in your safety is never a waste of money. It may seem that wearing a hard hat or safety glasses is a little too intense if you’re just putting shelves up, but of course, it’s important to prepare for the job as suitable and as appropriate. It can’t hurt to protect yourself. Better overprotected than under protected.

The Right Tool For The Task

Using tools for anything other than the purpose to which they were designed will put you in harms way, and that iis never acceptable. Furthermore, it’s important to know exactly which tools are worth using for the particular job or jobs you hope to pursue. For instance, Drill and Driver have curated an excellent comparison of some well-known cordless drills, and you can click here to view the source of the post. The right tools for the task will not only make the task easier, but keep you safe, and ensure that best practice is followed at all times.

This can help you ultimately respect your toolbox and each effort you use it for. New tools will also help you avoid relying on older, less reliable tools that can short out or break during the heat of use. If you ensure that your tools are well-maintained and reliable, you will ultimately enjoy a better time when using them.

Crucial Conditions

Some crucial conditions are necessary to perform safe DIY tasks. You must have good lighting, and good ventilation within the space. Cracking a window can sometimes be enough, but for intense activities, you may wish to use extraction fans or ventilation units to help you extract the dust from the air.

You should also consider noise and the impact this may have on your neighbors, or those within your household. Crucial conditions can also include a dry exterior environment and sunny weather if replacing window arch frames and other tasks like it. Not everything will have to be perfect for moving ahead to be an appropriate course of action - but it can’t hurt to try and get as close to that as you can.

It’s Okay To Be Out Of Your Depth

Remember that even the most skilled DIY practitioners cannot achieve everything. If you have no idea of how electrical circuits work, and no formal training in the maintenance of these systems, you have no business wiring your house. Just don’t even try. Instead, call a professional to come and help you, as electricians are trained in the best safety code necessary to conduct work safely and without great risk. It’s okay to be out of your depth, provided you know how to call on those who are proficient in the task at hand.

With this advice, we hope you can more easily protect yourself against possible DIY injury risks.



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