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Outdoor Safety Advice

A recipe of over ambition and lack of knowledge can cause serious injury or even death in DIY related accidents. So here are some safety tips to help you keep safe.

  • Be realistic and don't tackle a job unless you really have the ability. A competent, qualified person should always carry out gas and electrical renewal or repair work.
  • Keep any tools clean and in good repair, and give each one a quick check over before you use it.
  • Always plan ahead - accidents happen more easily if you are unprepared and rush.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes when mowing the lawn and keep your feet and hands well away from the mower blades.
  • Stop and disconnect all electrical appliances and tools before working on them.
  • Ensure that all tools, paint and chemicals are kept safely out of the reach of children.
  • Take extra care with sharp cutting tools.
  • Follow makers' instructions very carefully when using adhesives, especially the instant type.
  • Keep children and pets away when carrying out DIY.
  • Keep barbecues well away from trees, buildings and fences. Never pour petrol on a barbecue.
  • Some plants and berries are poisonous or can cause an allergic reaction.
  • Keep all products in their original containers.

Electrical Safety

  • Appliances should not be used outdoors unless they are equipped with a heavy duty cord and 3 prong plug
  • Use an RCD - residual current device - if your home is not already wired as standard.
  • All outdoor electrical outlets should be weatherproof and equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) - this is especially important in damp locations where more protection is necessary than a fuse or circuit breaker
  • Make sure that trees where children play don't have wires passing through them. Don't climb in or build anything in a tree with wires running through it
  • Before you start digging your garden ready for laying your patio make sure you check before you dig - underground cable is usually 0.5 to 1 meter below ground level - know the location of buried electrical lines could save your life.
  • If an electrical fire starts at a wall outlet, pull the plug by the cord or turn off the main switch. Call the nearest fire station. If the fire is small use your home C02 fire extinguisher. Never put water on an electrical fire.

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