Our homes are more and more becoming the place where we work, relax, exercise, socialise, and look after our whānau.
You may know your home like the back of your hand, but the things you see and do every day could be potential dangers that may cause an injury.
There are some things you can do to make it safer in and around your home and prevent any injuries to you and your whānau.
There are a few things you can do to avoid a DIY-related injury.
Tips to stay safe while doing it yourself:
Use the right size and type of ladder
Use the personal protective equipment (PPE) for the job, eg hard hat, helmet, earmuffs, overalls, eye protection, and safety masks
Keep your tools in good condition and only use it for the job they're designed for
Keep workspaces clear of clutter and obstacles
Have a fire extinguisher and first aid kit close by
Use a residual current device (RCD) when working with power tools outside.
Slips, trips, and falls in and around your home
Slips, trips, and falls are some of the most common causes of injuries in and around the home. Falling in the home causes more injuries to New Zealanders than road accidents and workplace injuries combined.
Tips to avoid slips, trips, and falls:
Tuck power cords away from walkways and common areas and secure them
Clear clutter away, and keep objects such as toys, shoes, books, and bags away from stairs and walkways
Anchor rugs with anti-slip mats
Arrange furniture so that there's enough space to move around the house
Make sure your lights are bright enough and positioned right
Make sure stairs have a solid handrail, good lighting, and are clear of clutter
Use a step ladder to reach high shelves.
For older members of your household
For family members over 65, staying active with regular exercise is a great way to help build leg and core strength that will help reduce the risk of a fall.
For more information on strength and balance for those over 65, see the Live Stronger for Longer website.