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Safety Gear: What You Should Be Wearing

The perils of DIY are well known. Every bank holiday the numbers of accidents caused by DIY goes up considerably as more people have time to tackle that wonky shelf or leaky bathtub. Taking safety precautions shouldn't be an afterthought, so take a minute to protect yourself before you start.

There are three very important parts of your body that are most at risk whilst doing DIY; eyes, ears and lungs.

Wearing the correct Personal Protective Equipment

Eyes
Eyes should be protected when doing any sort of DIY project. Anything and everything can become airborne, so you must consider the damage that it might do if it comes into contact with your eye/s. Wear eye protection; ideally goggles that cover your eye and the surrounding eye area, particularly the side.

Ears
Ears are particularly sensitive, and can be damaged by any sound over 85 decibels. A power saw emits over 100. You should wear ear protection when a project involves any loud noise. A pair of simple ear plugs can protect your ears and your hearing, but better hearing protection is provided by muff style hearing protection. Muff style hearing protection looks like headphones, but actually they can block out sound completely. However, you should be extra careful as blocking out a sense such as hearing could potentially be dangerous.

Lungs
Damage to your lungs could occur if you're working on a project that may produce dust or when you're working with chemicals. This could include sanding, drilling, spray painting, or anything that requires chemicals. Lung protection comes in the form of an inexpensive dust mask.

     General Advice for DIY
  • Always double check that the electricity is turned off. You should also make sure that everyone in the building knows that the electricity has been turned off and why.
  • Always turn off appliances before you plug them in- just in case. You don't want to chase your power drill as it buzzes dangerously across the room.
  • Remember to place your ladder correctly. One of the top causes of injury from home improvement is falling from a height. Minimise the chance by checking the ladder over first (including the feet), making sure the ground is level, making sure that you can reach whatever you need to without over stretching.
  • Have the safety gear before you start your project. Take a look at the safety gear and tools that Swift Trading has to offer so you don't start a project without being fully protected.

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