Cuts, burns, falls or electrocution! Each year, 300,000 handymen find themselves in the emergency room following a travel incident. Painting, repairing, and even decorating can become risky activities if you do not take a minimum of precautions. While France now has 13 million handymen, prevention is better than cure! This week HandymanDuanche invites you to discover or rediscover gestures and attitudes essential to tinkering safely.
Before starting your work, some precautions are necessary. The choice of tools is a factor that should not be overlooked. They must be perfectly adapted to your task, of good quality and of course in working order. If you are unsure of yourself, do not hesitate to take advice from qualified people. Read the labels and instructions for the products and / or machines carefully before using them. If you are not at your best, it is better to postpone the work session to avoid aggravating things. Once well equipped and confident, remove all your jewels, rings, bracelets, necklaces and other watches which can be at the origin of terrible accidents. Then prepare your workspace by removing all the elements that may bother you. Also, plan for a first aid kit that is well supplied and adapted to your job.
During the DIY
Measures and protective devices should be taken according to the task performed. If you touch near or far to the electricity, caution is required, it is necessary to move as far as possible from the water points. When working on electrical circuits, it is imperative to turn off their power. Similarly, whenever you turn off a machine, be sure to unplug it and store it when you have finished using it. If you use cutting equipment, be sure to keep away from electrical wires. To avoid trauma, the number one enemy of handymen, it is necessary to protect yourself in all circumstances. Wearing gloves and long-sleeved clothing will reduce the risk of burns, cuts and skin problems. Be particularly careful when laying glass wool or rock wool insulation, which is the most harmful to the body. Protective goggles and a mask will protect you from dust splashes, which are particularly common during sanding and stripping work, causing many irritations and allergies. If you use chemicals (such as solvent paint), the filter mask, far from being a useless gadget, will protect you from toxic fumes. Make sure that the parts you are working on are properly fixed on their support, otherwise, use a vise to hold them. If you use a ladder, step ladder or scaffolding, check that they are stable and in good condition before mounting on it. For work on sensitive areas such as plumbing, heating or electricity, do not hesitate to call in professionals.
After the DIY
Once your work is done, you must immediately put away your tools and materials and keep them out of reach of children. If you have any harmful products left, leave them in their packaging
of origin and do not transfer them especially food containers, to avoid any risk of confusion. In the case of a room completely redone, you have to be very careful and ventilate as much as possible because "harmful products" can stay in the atmosphere for a long time.
If we are never immune to an accident in our home, we must also be careful in DIY stores. Between cutting tools and heavy materials, it is not uncommon for customers to be injured. Children, carefree and especially unaware of the danger that lies ahead are the most concerned. While thousands of French people go with their families every weekend in DIY superstores, the Federation of DIY Stores has launched a safety campaign, to educate the youngest and their parents. With games, educational comics and coloring, their site invites aspiring DIYers to have fun while learning about safety.