DIY lands thousands of Brits in hospital each year

Posted on 28th March 2013

This year, an estimated 220,000 Britons will end up in their local accident and emergency unit as a result of a do-it-yourself (DIY) project gone wrong.

That’s according to data from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), which shared the information with It revealed that inappropriate use of machinery or tools will account for some 87,000 of these accidents.

Although DIY projects like laying laminate flooring or installing a new bathroom can add to a home’s value, homeowners must be very careful when attempting such work. The advice from estate agent Nick Salmon was: “Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

“Numerous homeowners do enjoy DIY, but while they may have bags of enthusiasm and a will to success, some may lack the basic skills required to carry out larger and more complex project,” he added. He also advised Britons to leave any difficult jobs – like altering electrical wiring or any gas-related changes – to qualified contractors.

It is thought that the Easter Bank Holiday will provide the prefect opportunity for Brits to get themselves into all kinds of trouble – especially as confirmed that the weather will remain bleak. While Salmon encouraged homeowners to get stuck in, he suggested opting for less dangerous projects.

Simple tasks like re-painting a room, washing the back patio, replacing grouting or cleaning a home’s carpets can really help it feel refreshed. Anyone hoping to make some renovations should also equip themselves with the necessary safety gear, such as goggles and gloves, RoSPA said.

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