Diy health & safety
More people are getting to grips with home improvements, but it’s important to stay safe
Wear gloves, a mask and glasses to protect you from any fumes, dust and debris.
When using a ladder, ensure it’s tilted at a safe angle (1ft spread at the base for every 4ft of height) on a firm, level surface. ask someone to hold it or hang a sandbag over the bottom and use a tray that clips on to keep tools close by.
never nail or drill into a wall without checking if there are wires or pipes beneath the surface. a battery-operated detector costs about £15 and will locate anything metal, which could save you from injury or causing damage.
never rush diy, plus plan and take breaks. Work in a well-lit space, use the correct tools, and be tidy, making sure parts are kept off the floor.
call a friend
keep a mobile phone nearby whenever you’re working alone, in case of an accident.
If you need an Ice pack In a hurry, fill a washing-up glove with Ice cubes and secure with a rubber band