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Safety tips

  • Wear protective clothing including safety goggles, and dust mask when working with potentially hazardous materials such as glass or spray paint. It is also advisable to wear a mask when working in a environment e.g. sawing wood.
  • When , or using any material that generates toxic fumes or dust, keep the room well ventilated. Never smoke while painting or standing close to a freshly painted area.
  • Always use the correct tools for the job. It is worth investing in high quality as this will be safer and will probably do the job quicker.
  • Store tools in a safe place, out of the way of children and . Keep them in a box or a rack.
  • When using knives, always cut away from you. Use a baton as a guide and run a sharp knife along the edge of it. Always store knives .
  • When fixing or checking electrical appliances or connections, always switch off the power and remove the or circuit breaker (MCB). If you're fixing an electrical appliance, switch off the appliance at the socket and pull out the plug. Wear rubber-soled when working on electrics.
  • Always keep a chemical fire extinguisher in the house. Never use to put out a fire in an electrical appliance. Gas and electrical work is best left to a registered professional.
  • When using a power drill, choose a model that has a plastic non-conducting body. Unplug the drill before fitting parts and remove the chuck key before switching it on. Avoid wearing loose or jewellery, which could get caught in the drill.
  • Ladders are one of the main causes of DIY accidents. Erect the ladder according to the manufacturer's instructions. Never lean to one side as you could lose .
  • Don't rush as you're more likely to have an . Carefully plan the job before you start work. Know your limitations and consult a professional if you are unsure. It's also a good idea to ask someone if they can you.