Over-ambition and lack of knowledge are two of the biggest factors in DIY accidents causing death and injury.
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
Keep any tools clean and in good repair, and give each one a quick check over before you use it.
Always plan ahead - accidents happen more easily if you are unprepared and rush.
Wear appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes when mowing the lawn and keep your feet and hands well away from the mower blades.
Stop and disconnect all electrical appliances and tools before working on them.
Ensure that all tools, paint and chemicals are kept safely out of the reach of children.
Take extra care with sharp cutting tools.
Follow makers' instructionsvery carefully when using adhesives, especially the instant type.
Use an RCD - residual current device - if your home is not already wired as standard.
Keep children and pets away when carrying out DIY.
Keep barbecues well away from trees, buildings and fences. Never pour petrol on a barbecue.
Some plants and berries are poisonous or can cause an allergic reaction.
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).
RoSPA are a registered charity and have been at the heart of accident prevention in the UK and around the world for more than 90 years. More than 13,500 people die as a result of accidents across the UK each year. There are millions of other injuries. Accidents cause loss and suffering to the victims and their loved ones, employers and UK society as a whole. RoSPA promote safety and the prevention of accidents at work, at leisure, on the road, in the home and through safety education.