Self-isolation has led to many people across the area looking for ways to keep busy – taking on DIY jobs has proved a popular option. To ensure projects are completed safely, we're offering top tips on how to take on jobs.
Many of us are spending more time in our homes, so we're now having the chance to complete jobs that we may have been putting off. We want everyone to follow some basic safety advice. Remember, if you aren't confident enough to take on the project, whether it involves complex plumbing or electrics, or you just don't know how to do it, please wait until you're able to hire an expert.
- Power tools – Before using any power tool, everyone should read the instructions and ensure they are aware of all the features, paying particular attention to the safety elements. Also, be aware of trip hazards from a cable, and never carry a power tool by the cord.
- Ladders – The first rule is to have someone on hand to hold a ladder and keep it stable. Never lean or stretch to complete a task when simply moving it closer will be a lot safer. Always climb the ladder facing it, and if it has the slightest bit of damage, it's time to purchase a new one.
- Clothing – Never try and do any DIY wearing long, flowing clothing as it can get caught up in the tools. Depending on the job, it may be wise to wear protective items, such as goggles to protect eyes from shrapnel, gloves to safeguard hands from sharp edges, or a face mask if the job will create a lot of dust. Also, tie long hair back and remove all jewellery.