A National DIY Safety Report has revealed that although 9 out of 10 Aussies understand that protective gear can minimize the risk of accidents and illness, 60% of us don’t wear it when carrying out DIY.
Following the launch of the new 3M TEKK Protection range (a range of safety gear including respirator masks, goggles and ear plugs), safety ambassador Dr Ginni Mansberg shares her 5 easy ways to keep safe when completing DIY projects.
1. Wear correct safety gear
A simple trip to the hardware shop can make sure you are equipped with protective goggles, good ear plugs, a high quality mask or gloves to keep your eyes, ears, lungs and skin well protected from whatever chemicals or other assaults you can throw at yourself.
2. Hit up the phone
Did you know there is a toll free number you can dial to get all the safety tips you need before you start the job? Give 3M a call on 1800 024 464.
3. Open your windows
If you’re dealing with any dust or chemicals your lungs are at risk of irritation so make sure you’re in an airy space. If you’re working indoors, get those windows open as far as possible.
4. Always have a first aid kit on hand
There are inexpensive first aid kits available at hardware stores and pharmacies that should be a must before tackling any job where safety is a potential issue. Always have it on hand when working with hammers, nails, chemicals and dust.
5. Be aware of others around you
Don’t forget the other people around you who may also be at risk, particularly curious little children. Make sure you know where they are at all times and keep chemicals and tools safely out of reach.