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Common DIY Accidents and how to avoid them

by DrPrem Jagyasi

Home improvement projects can be expensive; that’s why so many Americans choose to cut costs and do the jobs themselves without consulting a professional. Do-it-yourself (DIY) ventures can provide a good opportunity to hone new skills and save money in the process, but they can also be a recipe for trouble; DIY disasters send thousands of people to the ER every year. Here are some of the main causes of DIY emergencies, and how to avoid them:

Eye Injuries

Puffy swollen eye

Eye injuries sustained during DIY projects often require emergency treatment; help to protect your eyes by wearing googles.

Injury from Power Tools

Power tools are extremely dangerous (albeit, a lot of fun!). Inspect your tools thoroughly before using them; if they appear damaged in any way, don’t use them. Using poor quality is equipment is likely to result in an accident. High-quality tools make the job go quicker, give a better finish, and are ultimately much safer. Make sure when using any kind of power tool you wear a mask to avoid inhaling dust and other hazardous materials. My Safety Sign have an in-depth guide on which face mask you should use here.

Clothes getting caught in Cogs/Wheels

Make sure you dress for the job; severe injuries often occur when loose clothes get caught in the cogs and wheels of tools and cannot be disentagled; loose sleeves can easily get caught, posing a risk of laceration and, in some cases, amputations.

Injuries from Knives

Most home improvement projects involve cutting, making injuries from knives a common occurrence. It may sound odd, but keeping your blades sharp can reduce the risk of injury; sharpened blades are easier to use and control, and therefore less likely to be the cause of an injury than a dull blade that requires more force. Ensure knives are always used away from the body.


Many hopeful handy-men wind up in the ER with burns. Make sure there is a fire extinguisher within your vicinity at all times. Although rare, power tools – like any other electrical item – can catch fire. Make sure your work area is clear to facilitate a swift exit from the workshop in the case of an emergency. Lots of clutter can also increase the chance of a fire spreading. Never smoke in your working area as many paints and liquids used during DIY ventures are flammable.

Electric Shocks


This is one job that may be best left to the professionals, but if you are testing your electrical appliances or connections, ensure the power supply is definitely switched-off, and the fuse is removed. It’s a good idea to always wear rubber-soled shoes during DIY, just in case.


Being in a rush is likely to result in an accident, especially when working with power tools, knives, and other equipment. Concentrate, take your time, and have regular breaks and you’ll be less likely to incur injury, and more likely to have done a good job.

One final tip – keep a first aid box nearby

Even professionals experience cuts, bruises and minor burns every now and then, so it’s a good idea to have a well-stocked first aid kit at hand. Keep it full of band-aids and antiseptic ointments to clean up injuries and deter infection. And remember: if in doubt, seek a professional’s help.

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