Preventing Accidents in the Home – Advice & Tips

common_diy_injuries_at_home_2The world of DIY craftsmanship is both rewarding and dangerous. Many times the burgeoning DIYer will be forced to utilize tools outside of their immediate comfort zone.

Even if you practice all of the proper safety protocols it is still a possibility that you will get hurt.

Accidents can happen–you can’t control them. Without being able to control accidents, outside of following safe protocols, it will help you to be aware of issues that can possibly crop up.

I’ve decided to pull together a variety of different tips and pieces of advice for common DIY projects around the home. Check ‘em out.

Fire Related Accidents

Accidents involving fire are dangerous, scary, and always fast acting. A fire can start and spread in the blink of an eye and cause damage throughout your home while putting your own life in danger. To follow proper fire safety protocol is absolutely important.

  • Keep heaters and open flames away from your furniture and any hanging curtains. You want any flames to be well out of striking distance were a breeze to take it.
  • Do not leave pans unattended while fry fat or any other substances. Kitchen accidents are one of the most common causes of house fires.
  • Equip your home with the appropriate amount of smoke detectors.

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Electrical Related Accidents

When we work on a new project the odds are good that we will have to deal with electical wiring at some point. It’s not a fun part of the job but it is necessary. What is even more important than a great project is well practiced electrical safety habits.

  • Every five years you need to have your house wiring inspected by a licensed professional. Unless you are licensed, this is one DIY project you’ll want to step away from.
  • Refrain from overloading electrical sockets. Spread out the draw appropriately to prevent sparking and firing.
  • If you plan to use power tools in your home, which as a DIYer is likely, you should have a RCD installed. RCD stands for ‘residual current device’.

Heating and Cooking Related Accidents

Nothing hurts worse than a bad burn or is more dangerous than a house ready to go up in flames. There are a few integral tips pertaining to the kitchen that must be followed.

  • Maintain clean air vents around fuel burning appliances. This will prevent the build up of deadly carbon monoxide.
  • Always check your pilot lights to ensure that they are lit. Unlit pilot lights can lead to the above CO2 issues.
  • Sweep out your chimney at least once a year to prevent build up.

DIY Related Accidents

Being a competent DIYer isn’t an easy job. You have to learn a lot and trust in yourself in order to make it happen. It’s a rewarding experience but sometimes it will lead you to experiencing potential dangerous accidents.

  • Don’t attempt jobs that are outside of your realm of ability. No electrical training? Avoid it. No piping qualifications? Hire out.
  • Make sure you always buy top quality. I recently bought the best garbage disposal I could find and haven't had any issues.
  • Keep all power tools clean and in good repair.
  • Always wear appropriate clothing: heavy boots and gloves are your best friend.
  • Be slow and steady with sharp objects.

Even with the utmost care being taken there are still chances that something may go wrong during a DIY project. You can only train so much and be so safe before an accident strikes. If something occurs to injure you, or a loved one, that is not the fault of your own actions then consider getting a lawyer. If something was wrong with the tools that you used then they need to be brought to justice in order to aid your suffering.

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