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RoSPA DIY & Garden Safety Checklist

Over-ambition and lack of knowledge are two of the biggest factors in DIY accidents causing death and injury.

Tip 1

Qualified electrician installing solar panels

Be realistic and don’t tackle a job unless you really have the ability. A competent, qualified person should always carry out gas and electrical renewal or repair work

Tip 2

Clean mitre saw

Keep any tools clean and in good repair, and give each one a quick check over before you use it.

Tip 3

Electrical tools and detailed plan

Always plan ahead - accidents happen more easily if you are unprepared and rush.

Tip 4

Range of personal protection equipment

Wear appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes when mowing the lawn and keep your feet and hands well away from the mower blades.

Tip 5

Unplugging electrical appliance

Stop and disconnect all electrical appliances and tools before working on them.

Tip 6

Opened paint cans

Ensure that all tools, paint and chemicals are kept safely out of the reach of children.

Tip 7

Sharp pruning tools

Take extra care with sharp cutting tools.

Tip 8

Adhesive being applied

Follow makers' instructionsvery carefully when using adhesives, especially the instant type.

Tip 9

Residual current device and electrical tools

Use an RCD - residual current device - if your home is not already wired as standard.

Tip 10

Young girl and her pet dog

Keep children and pets away when carrying out DIY.

Tip 11

Barbecue in clear open space

Keep barbecues well away from trees, buildings and fences. Never pour petrol on a barbecue.

Tip 12

Fresh bunch of blueberries

Some plants and berries are poisonous or can cause an allergic reaction.

Tip 13

Various screws in original containers

Keep all products in their original containers.

Source: RoSPA The Home Safety Book Ref: HS 178 (this can be purchased in the RoSPA online shop).

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