“My wife has made something she calls the “Do It Jar” in which she leaves me slips of paper with various projects written down. She expects me to draw one every time I have ‘nothing’ to do”, complains a Dickies customer.
While we can’t promise that your wife will stop finding DIY tasks for you to do we can help you out with a rock solid alibi: according to RoSPA (the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) thousands of DIY enthusiasts end up in hospital every year and it’s done quite a bit of research as to the main causes of these accidents.
Tools can be hazardous to your health
Knives and scalpels account for around 21,300 accidents in the UK each year. Apparently around 87,000 of the 220,000 annual do-it-yourself injuries are caused by tools and machinery but it doesn’t end there; the last Home Accident Surveillance System report indicates that:
- Saws (15,100)
- Grinders (6,400)
- Hammers (5,800)
- Chisels (3,900)
- Screwdrivers (3,400)
- Power Drills (3,000)
- Axes (2,200)
- Planes (2,100)
- Welding Equipment (2,000)
These stats are pretty scary and allow you to make a good case for rather calling in a professional!
Apart from the injuries inflicted when using equipment, it turns out that even the materials used for DIY projects can also be hazardous. RoSPA states that the following materials are contributors as well:
- Wood, chipboard etc. (29,400 accidents)
- Paving/Concrete Blocks (21,200)
- Metal bars, sheets etc. (12,800)
- Nails (15,400)
- Bricks (8,000)
- Paint and paint pots (3,900)
- Glue, paste etc. (3,100)
- Screws and floor/wall tiles (2,500)
- Wallpaper (1,600)
The accidents caused by tools and materials dramatically lowers the amount of ‘safe’ DIY you could be expected to do; things like mowing the lawn and changing the light bulbs are, unfortunately still doable.
Keeping your fingers
If however, these arguments fail to convince your significant other of the potential danger,there are
a few things you can do to minimize the risk to life and limb:
Safety first – always. Ignoring the prescribed safety measures and procedures is a sure fire way of getting injured. They’re there for a reason, so be diligent when it comes to taking precautions. People tend to want to cut corners when they’re rushed or tired so it’s best not to tackle a project under these circumstances.
Sometimes the job calls for a professional; so know your limits and quit while you’re ahead. You’ll still get brownie points for trying, but won’t have to get stuck doing something difficult and time consuming!