What better than to enjoy the beautiful days to tinker? But tinkering, without getting hurt because accidents are numerous and frequent! Here are some solutions to avoid clumsiness.
DIY can be a pleasure for some, a hell for others. In both cases, few do-it-yourselfers escape the hammer blows on the finger, the wooden board on the head, or the screw under the foot ... and it hurts, even very badly. Nearly 300,000 people arrive in emergency rooms each year as a result of DIY and gardening accidents. So, how to avoid them?
Precautions to take before tinkering
First thing, which may seem obvious - but is not always so - make sure you are able to do the work you want to do ... Make sure your tetanus vaccine recalls are up to date. In case of break, you will be at least certain not to get serious diseases. Of course, before tinkering, do not drink. Certainly because you will have more chances to hurt you, but also because it could largely induce on the desired result ...
To purchase your equipment, ask a seller. He will advise you on the right utensils, how they should be used and their maintenance. If you have everything you need at home, use only equipment that is in good condition and do not forget to maintain them. Failing tools, can reserve many surprises during their use. Choose material adapted to your strength and body, but also to your work. There is no point in using a ladder if a stepladder is enough, or a shear if a pruner is satisfactory. Pay particular attention to the pictograms of DIY products. Some may be toxic, flammable, corrosive or harmful. Also read the tool manuals before using them.
Precautions to take during DIY
First of all, keep children and animals away. If they are not old enough to give you a hand, or skilled enough to put their hands on their feet, they must stay away from work, however small they may be. An accident happened quickly, even for the spectators.
To avoid poisoning, respiratory problems and allergies, pay attention to chemicals. It is not because some are odorless, that they are painless. These products can release toxic substances. These include glues, varnishes, glazes, paints, lacquers ... If you are asthmatic, pregnant, heart or already suffer from respiratory insufficiency, avoid the use of chemicals. Indoors, ventilate your rooms and take breaks outdoors. Preferably, work outside.
Also beware of glass wool, rock and slag, used for thermal insulation, acoustics and fire protection. These wools can irritate the eyes, the skin and the respiratory tract. When using, work in wet if there is no electrical risk, to reduce fiber emissions, responsible for irritation.
Do not neglect the do-it-yourself outfit. Although it is not easy to be trendy, safety must take precedence over style. And it's important! Gloves, masks, glasses are essential. A good handyman must have a suitable equipment.
To avoid trauma, same set of style with a little more. A suitable outfit, but with the helmet and more. It avoids a lot of damage. Ditto for the gloves. With, it will be more difficult to cut a finger. The glasses will protect your eyes from dust, hearing protections, your ears from noise.
Turn on your lights - low consumption - open your shutters or work in full sun. In short, tinker in a bright and clear place to see clearly. Every thing in its place and a place for everything. Store tools you do not use to limit falls. Put the ones you need at your fingertips, to avoid unnecessary travel and sometimes dangerous during the work. Check that ladders, ladders and scaffolding are stable before venturing onto them. Finally, never disable the safety devices of the machines.
To avoid electrocution, do not forget to cut electricity if you work on electrical circuits. Also, when working near a water source, be it a sink, a bathtub or a pool, be extremely careful with the electrical wires. When you are concentrated in your work, they can glide to a drop of water, without you even noticing it. At that moment, electrocution is guaranteed! If you use cutting equipment, stay away from electrical wires, it would be a great shame to cut one ... Once you have finished handling a machine, remember to unplug it. But wait for a complete stop before putting it away.
Precautions to take after DIY
For tools, machines and other DIY tools, remember to store them in height, out of the reach of children. It would be very dangerous if they suddenly wanted to imitate you and take the saw to build a cabin. The same goes for DIY products. Store them in height, close the caps well, never transfer them to other containers, especially food, the confusion would be immediate. Finally, dispose of the empty packaging in the appropriate bin.
When you have worked in a living room, think about airing. A refurbished site can emit toxins, even several months after the end of the work. Be especially careful if it is your children's room or if you are a pregnant woman.
Simple actions to take in case of DIY accidents
In case of burns, do not apply any products, the wound could become infected. The first reflex is to pass the burn under cool water for 10 minutes and let it dry. Then only, you can cover the wound with a cloth, but it must be absolutely clean, to avoid any infection. If the burn is severe, go to the hospital or call emergency numbers.
In the event of a cut, clean the wound with a non-colored disinfectant and make a bandage with a clean cloth or sterile gauze. Above all, do not put cotton lint on the wound or sticking. In the event of a serious cut, go to the emergency room, call samu (15), firemen (18) or 112.
In case of hearing problems, turn off the guilty device to stop the sound exposure. If symptoms persist, consult an ENT or go to the emergency room.
In case of contact with a dangerous product by inhalation, leave without waiting the room to take a good breath of fresh air. Remember to air the room twice a day for 15 minutes.
In case of contact with a dangerous product by ingestion, do not make you vomit and drink nothing, especially no milk because it favors the passage of some of these products in the blood.
In case of contact with a hazardous product by splashing on the skin, remove the victim clothing and rinse with water for 10 minutes.
In case of contact with a dangerous product by splashing in the eyes, rinse them under warm water with open eyelids.
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