In today’s challenging economic crisis, business owners and landlords may prefer to take a DIY approach when it comes to kitting out offices and properties in a bid to save some extra cash. Contracting out and recruiting the expertise of professionals can come at quite a cost so doing it yourself can seem like a much more appealing option.
Financially beneficial, maybe but more dangerous nonetheless so it’s important to take the right safety precautions when you take fitting and renovation into your own hands. If the worse does come to worst and you do sustain an injury, it’s reassuring to know that services such as slatergordon.co.uk/personal-injury are on hand to help out. However here are our top safety tips to help you avoid those dreaded #DIYDisasters in the first place:
Make sure the room you’re working in is well ventilated
One of the most important things to consider before carrying out tasks such as paintwork, wood coating or varnishing is to ensure the room you are in is well ventilated. Keep doors open where you can, crack the windows to let fresh air circulate and make sure any extractor fans are turned on to prevent the inhalation of toxic fumes.
DON’T wearing loose clothing and jewellery
Doing DIY can often be quite strenuous work and you’ll probably find yourself breaking out into a sweat but resist the temptation to wear baggy clothing (sleeves in particular) as this can pose a real threat to your safety. Similarly, take any jewellery off before carrying out any DIY jobs as both can get trapped in machinery or catch fire easily.
DO wear protective goggles and gloves
While loose clothes and jewellery are a no-go, protective eyewear and safety gloves are a must. When using sharp knives, always cut away from your body but covering your hands with protective gloves is an extra safety measure that we always recommend. Gloves and goggles will also protect your skin and eyes from any dangerous materials and hazardous substances such as glass and spray paint.
Ensure you’ve got a fire extinguisher to hand
Whilst a fire is fairly unlikely, there is always potential when working with flammable materials and/or open flames like soldering irons. Always make sure you have a fully functioning fire extinguisher to hand just in case of emergency.
Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully
Finally, be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before employing the use of any tool or piece of machinery. Doing so will ensure that you’re using it in the safest possible way and reducing the risk of any unnecessary injuries.