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DIY Danger

DIY_inforgraphic_webEach year, tens of millions of homeowners take on home improvement projects themselves.  Many save money, with optimal pride-swelling results.  But an estimated one-in-five DIYers end up getting hurt in the process.  Know your limits.

Trim trees safely:

30,509 are treated annually in emergency rooms for injuries related to chain saws, typically used for cutting down trees, branches and firewood.

TIP: Follow manufacturer’s instructions, wear protective eyewear and gloves, and use a rope to safely lower large branches.

Watch your wiring:

431 people die each year in the U.S. because of electrical shock related to consumer products, including drills.

TIP: Shut off power at the breaker box before working on anything involving electricity, such as when installing new lights.

Respect tools:

293,184 people visit the ER for injuries involving home workshop equipment, from jacks and welding tools to power saws.

TIP: In addition to minding manufacturer’s instructions and wearing protective eyeware, watch your hand position and shut off defices when not fully engaged in a task.

Tread carefully:

191,006 people are treated in the ER for injuries related to the use of ladders.

TIP: Place your ladder on firm, level ground and make sure to use one that extends at least 3 feet over the roofline or working surface.

Sources: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission; Consumer Reports / Home Safety Council.

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