Each 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.
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.
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.