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Updated 05 March 2013

Prevent DIY injuries at home

Doing your own repairs can be disastrous – both for your home and your health.

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Doing your own repairs can be disastrous – both for your home and your health. Worldwide, the largest single cause of DIY injuries is falling off ladders, while injuries caused by power tools and electricity aren’t far behind.

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Make sure you have the right equipment – a 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, such as 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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