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Essential DIY Safety Tips

When starting a DIY project, safety should be your first concern. While accidents can happen, you can largely prevent them by being cautious, responsible and by following some basic DIY safety tips provided by Arnold Laver.

Once you have read our essential safety tips, why not ensure you have the materials for the job with our selection of timber supplies, sheet materials and much more.

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  • When cutting wood always wear gloves to prevent splinters and goggles to stop dust entering your eyes.
  • Dust mask should be worn when working in dusty environment (such as sawing wood) or with hazardous materials like glass or spray paint.
  • Wear earplugs when working with loud machinery.
  • Always have a first aid kit to hand. Accidents can happen at any time.
  • Ensure that the area you are working in is well ventilated in preparation for the job to begin.

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  • Try to keep a clean and organised workspace.
  • Never rush. This is likely to cause accidents and may cause you to do a poor job.
  • Make sure any room which you are painting is kept well ventilated or when using any substance that creates toxic fumes.
  • Never smoke while painting or around freshly painted surfaces.
  • Switch off the power in a building before doing work on electrical circuits or connections and always wear rubber-soled shoes.
  • When using ladders, never lean to one side. Always make sure they are set up and stored according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Never attempt DIY when under the influence of intoxicants such as alcohol or drugs.
  • Never try to answer your phone and do DIY at the same time. Choose one or the other; distractions cause accidents. 
  • If you are unsure, then consult a professional. 
  • When the job is done ensure you store your tools away safely.
  • Be aware of who is around you and who may be at risk - in particular children. Make sure that tools and chemicals are out of reach and you know where little ones are at all times.

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  • Only use the correct tools for the job.
  • Ensure you know how to use the tools needed for the job, prior to starting.
  • Avoid cheap tools; instead invest in high quality tools as these will be safer and more effective for the job.
  • When using knives, keep blades sharp and  always cut away from your body.
  • Store tools safely in a box or secured in a rack. Make sure they are always away from children.
  • When operating a drill, avoid wearing jewellery, loose clothing or anything that could get caught in the machine.
  • Never leave active power tools unattended.
  • Never use power tools in the rain.