Whether you’ve recently moved house, are preparing to put your house on the market or simply wish to catch up on maintenance or make some improvements, a Bank Holiday weekend gives an extra day to tackle some DIY in the home.
But take care. Many accidents in the home or garden could be avoided by taking necessary precautions.
- Ensure there is adequate ventilation when using paint, solvents, etc.
- Be careful when using ladders or step ladders. Make sure they are in a good condition, used not on a sound surface and have someone to foot when in use.
- Wear appropriate safety clothing when using tools such as goggles, mask, dust mask, gloves, footwear, etc, when carrying out DIY in the home.
- Take care when using tools. Read the operating instructions and take note of safety. Only use tools for their intended purpose and which you know how to use safely.
- Keep children and pets at a safe distance.
- Do not attempt to carry out any works which require specialist knowledge and training such as electrical works, works to gas appliances, installation of wood burning stoves, etc. Instruct relevant specialists for such work.
- Do not carry out any structural alterations without obtaining advice. Structural alterations are controlled by Building Regulations and in many cases require design by an Engineer.
- Do not disturb any materials which may contain asbestos when carrying out DIY in the home. Asbestos can be found in many materials used in houses built up to 2000, including cement soffit sheets, textured coatings to walls and ceilings, asbestos cement pipes and gutters, some types of insulation, and more. If there is a possibility that a product contains asbestos then have it tested and obtain advice on it’s removal and disposal from a specialist. Visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/
Remember to stick to the jobs which are within your capability and expertise and employ specialists where necessary to ensure works are carried out safely and to the required standard.