DIY around the home

Working on DIY projects may put you at risk of injuring yourself at home. We take a look at what you can do to make you and your home safe.

Chainsaw safety

Used correctly, a chainsaw is a very useful tool, but it’s also a potentially lethal one. Check out these easy chainsaw safety guidelines – they could save your life.

Doing it yourself safely

New Zealand is a nation of great do-it-yourselfers, but all too often that ‘can do’ spirit gets us injured. Take a few minutes to remind yourself of these easy safety tips before you dust off the tools and drag out the ladder.

For more information, see the Safety begins at home website (external link).

Ladder safety

Slips, trips and falls make up nearly half of all home injuries. Many falls occur on and around ladders. You can prevent injuries with a little care and attention, and by planning ahead.

Safer home design

Making your home a safe and enjoyable place to be doesn't have to be an expensive option, especially if you start thinking about safety during the design stages.

See Consumer build (external website) for information about building, buying, renovating and maintaining houses in New Zealand.

Last updated: 10 February 2014

Last reviewed: 22 January 2014