Top Ten Safety Tips For Decorating Your Home

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According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA), injuries related to the misuse of tools and machinery account for 87,000 people turning up at hospital in the UK each year and stepladder accidents resulting in around 41,000.

With such a large amount of house related accidents as a result of DIY activity, it’s no wonder that the emphasis on health and safety whilst decorating your home is ever more important.

From laying new carpets and installing new bathrooms, to putting up shelves and even cleaning up when you’re finished, the following top ten safety tips will ensure that any health and safety hazards are kept to a minimum.

  1. Have a plan in place: Before rushing into your DIY task, it’s important to plan what you are going to do and how you’re going to do it. From this you can then establish whether you are able to do it alone and which tools or materials you will need along the way.

  1. Choose a suitable date: Choose a day that you (or your decorating group) will be alone in the house. It’s important to ensure that any pets or children are kept away from any DIY activity and so arranging for them to be looked after will need to be pre-planned.

  1. Wear the right clothes and protective gear: It’s always a good idea to wear old clothes and comfortable footwear when doing any decorating in your home. However, if you are using dangerous tools, carrying out bigger jobs, such as painting from a great height, you need to consider whether safety goggles, gloves, or steel toed shoes are the safest option for your task.

  1. Protect your house: Make sure that appropriate materials etc are put down and that valuable furniture is covered before you start any DIY task. Any hidden spillages and chemicals that have got onto household belongings may be a hazard later on.

  1. Use the right tools: Make sure that all tools you are going to use are in a good condition and if you have recently purchased a new tool, or have not used the tool before, ensure that you have read all instructions. If you don’t know what to do, search online or ask someone for help before you attempt it yourself.

  1. Make sure your house is ventilated: Whether it’s sanding a floor or painting your ceiling, toxic chemicals and gases may be filling your home in the process. It’s important to make sure there is fresh air ventilating the area and that any gases can escape.

  1. Take a break – There’s no rush: Some DIY tasks can take a long time to complete and exhaustion may creep up on you faster than you think. Make sure you take regular breaks to restore your energy levels and ensure that you are having a drink and something to eat. When you return back to the task you’ll be prepared for anything with fresh eyes and a clear mind.

  1. Keep all products in original containers: It’s very important to make sure that all products that are used are kept in the container they came in. For example, don’t pour the white spirit you have left over back into a drinks bottle etc. This could cause serious damage to another person who may mistake the product for something else.

  1. Ensure all tools and equipment are turned off and put away safely: This tip is self explanatory. There should be no tools/equipment or material lying around your home when you are finished.

  1. Clean up: It’s not just the house that should be cleaned from top to toe when your task is complete; you need to ensure that you have cleaned yourself too. Make sure that your hands are thoroughly washed and if possible you have time to take a shower.

Happy decorating!

Author Bio: Laura writes on behalf of HSS Sales, who offer a wide range of DIY hand tools for sale and other accessories, such as lifting equipment for sale to businesses and DIY customers

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