Thu, 9th April, 2009 - Posted by
Several prominent DIY experts and insurers have warned that the Easter holidays are a common time for people to take on home improvement projects which may be dangerous. These warnings come, after the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has confirmed that every year 200,000 people are injured due to preventable accidents which range from cut fingers to broken legs and electrical shocks.
DIY is, along with the traditional spring clean one of the activities many Brits will be getting up to this coming week. However, we should be cautious and take great care to avoid accidents. TV celebrity and home improvement expert, Handy Andy has always stressed the importance of working in a safe environment, saying: “Be safe. Make sure you wear gloves and protective goggles where necessary, and tie back long hair. If you start to get tired take a tea break, and don’t rush jobs.”
Other experts suggested that before you undertake a DIY loft conversion or tackle a new bedroom design it’s essential that you assess your insurance coverage first. If you had a serious accident which affected your home you may not be covered for damage which you, yourself have caused.
In fact, speaking in a ‘My Finances’ article M & S insurance manager Judith Roberts said: “Always make sure you plan well before attempting DIY and seek professional advice if necessary. Also check that your home insurance policy covers you for accidental damage and whether there is a limit to that cover.”
She added: “Easter is always a popular time of the year to get jobs done around the home. The current financial climate means that even more people will be having a go at DIY, either as an alternative to moving home or instead of employing a professional. But be careful: nearly one in five has had an accident doing-it-themselves in the past.”