DIYsolation: Your DIY Safety Guide

With the nation following the Government’s instruction to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic, people have been spending more time in their homes than ever before.

Whether a means of combating boredom, or just finally having the time to do tasks they’d been meaning to do, there has been a surge in people renovating their homes.

While three quarters of adults in the UK have painted walls and assembled furniture, some have taken more drastic approaches to their home renovations. From knocking down walls to rewiring, people have been attempting to do the risky DIY tasks they’d have previously hired a skilled tradesperson to do.

As tempting as it is to ‘do it yourself’, be mindful that you could end up doing more harm than good. Your DIY project could quite easily go wrong and damage the structure or electricals of your house, or worse, you could end up injured – with both potentially impacting your home insurance premiums.

So, how can you renovate your home safely? Here are our top tips for doing DIY safely:

  • Ensure your workplace is clean and well–organised
  • Consider the risks to other family members and keep children and pets away from tools
  • Be mindful of working until late at night as this could annoy your neighbours
  • Wear protective clothing and take care when wearing jewellery
  • Make sure you have a well-stocked first aid kit just in case of an accident
  • Take your time and don’t rush what you’re doing
  • When the job’s done, make sure you store your tools away safely and securely

We’d love to hear about your DIY projects and your tips for staying safe. Share your experiences with us on Facebook and Twitter.

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2146 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 3rd – 6th April 2020.? The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+). By “the last few weeks” we mean from Friday 20th March up to and including Friday 3rd April.