There are plenty of reasons why you might take a DIY approach to renovating your home. Maybe you enjoy working with your hands. Maybe you’re looking to save money. Maybe you want to tackle a fun, challenging DIY project with your partner or family. But whatever your reason, there’s one thing you need to keep top of mind—and that’s safety.
According to a recent survey from home insurance company Clovered, one in four homeowners have injured themselves while attempting a DIY home improvement project. The most common injuries? Cutting themselves with a sharp tool or materials (74.9 percent), hitting themselves with a hammer or other tool (58.4 percent), tripping over materials (49 percent), slipping on the floor (26.7 percent), and falling off a ladder (21.4 percent).
What does that mean for you? If you do decide to tackle a home improvement project on your own, it’s important to be as safe as possible. Make sure your floor and work area are clear of any debris or stray materials. Use caution when handling sharp or heavy tools. If you’re going to use a ladder, ask someone to steady it for you. The point is, the more precautions you take, the safer you’ll be—and the more likely it is you’ll make it through your DIY home improvement project injury-free.