One of the very first things that you learn when you are a child is that some things hurt, and some things.
should be avoided at all costs! We’ve all been there though, tears running down our cheeks with a burn
on our hand or a graze on our knee because we did not listen, and although we were swiftly comforted,
the lesson was usually at that point forced home: some things are dangerous, and should always be
avoided! For some reason that lesson completely disappears when it comes to DIY when we are adults,
and it has been estimated that one in three of us will be injured in at least a minor way while we are
doing DIY – and in some cases, those injuries can actually end up being pretty severe. So how can you keep yourself safe when doing DIY?
We’ve put together some handy tips on how to look after certain parts of your body. None of this is rocket science, but you would be surprised at how many people completely ignore these useful tips!
Gloves. They aren’t difficult to find, and it’s not hard to find ones that fit, and yet so many people would rather do their DIY without gloves
for some reason usually because they think that the gloves make it more difficult to pick things up. Not as difficult as when you lose a finger though.
If you really want to protect your eyes whilst you are doing DIY, even if you do not think that your eyes are particularly in danger, then always wear goggles and ensure that they are fitted properly
and not going to obscure your vision as you work. You can often get so in the habit of wearing them when you are doing DIY that you forget to take them off!
Dr Paige Woods, a sandiegodentist.org/ dentist from San Diego, often has to persuade her patients to wear mouth guards when they are doing DIY, because she has seen the consequences
Losing a tooth is not a good way to finish up painting your dining room, and you can easily pick up a sports mouth guard from a local shop. You’d be impressed at what a difference it makes.
How many times whilst doing DIY have you dropped something heavy and painful, either on your feet or near them? Make sure that you keep all your toes with some special reinforced steel capped boots,
shoes that will see you through the project with absolutely no difficulty.
Last but by no means least, your knees! This part of your body is one of the most overlooked when it comes to protecting during DIY, and yet they are almost always the first piece
of our body to start to feel the strain in when our muscles start to ache. Having proper knee guard protection makes getting up and down from your knees over and over again a lot easier
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