We are coming to that time of year when people are starting to get their home Christmas ready. It could be you are re-decorating the living room ready to put your amazing Christmas tree up, painting the outdoor woodwork or laying new flooring.

I am very accident prone and often find myself with some kind of injury from DIY. Have you ever been hurt while doing your DIY projects at home? Slater & Gordon are there to help if you have. Whatever you are doing within your home make sure you stay safe. Have a look at my 5 top tips for staying safe when you do DIY at home ready for Christmas.

Protective Clothing

Always make sure you are wearing safety googles, so many people attend A&E with eye issues relating to DIY, so grab some googles and keep your eyes them safe. If you are also using spray paint or sanding down wooden furniture use a dust mask as well.

Ventilation

DIY generally comes with various different fumes, from glues, wallpaper pastes, paints, aerosol sprays, so make sure you are working in a well ventilated space. Open those windows, if it means popping an extra layer or clothing on that’s ok, just keep the fresh air coming in.

Ladders

If like me you get a bit nervous when climbing a ladder, just make sure someone is there to hold the ladder to keep it steady. Do not lean to one side as ladders have a habit of leaning with you and therefore accidents are likely to happen.

Tools

DIY comes with a variety of different tools, so make sure you keep track of them. Put them back into a safe place and while you are using them return then into the box or a safe place so you don’t stand on them or put them so they could fail off a high place onto you.

Take your time

There is no need to rush your DIY, so make sure you take your time. Slow and steady wins the race. Always plan out your DIY job and make sure you allow plenty of time to complete it. If you rush you will be more likely have an accident, if you find you are unable to complete something then always ask for help or get a professional in to help.

Good luck with your next DIY project and make sure you stay safe.

*This post was made in collaboration with Slater and Gordon. As always thoughts are opinions are my own.*

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