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15 October 2012

Avoid do-it-yourself injuries

Doing your own repairs can be disastrous – both for your home and for your health. So what can you do to prevent getting hurt?

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The largest single cause of DIY injuries worldwide is falling off ladders. Injuries caused by power tools and electricity are also high up on the list. Doing your own repairs can be disastrous – both for your home and for your health. So what can you do to prevent getting hurt?

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Make sure you have the right equipment – a half brick instead of a hammer, or a knife instead of a screwdriver just won't do; call in the professionals if you don't have the right equipment; serious back injuries can result from falling off ladders – put them on a flat surface, don't lean to one side, and get someone to hold it; don't smoke while you're working, as many of the materials, like paint stripper, can be highly flammable; wear a mask if the area you're working in is dusty, as this will protect your lungs; and remember to switch off the power before doing electrical repairs.

 
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