Havering’s DIY enthusiasts warned to take care over the Easter

PUBLISHED: 12:30 06 April 2017

Nearly one in 10 home owners experience a DIY disaster, according to a survey. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/PA Images.

Nearly one in 10 home owners experience a DIY disaster, according to a survey. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/PA Images.

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DIY enthusiasts are being urged to be careful this Easter and to avoid a trip to the A&E department.

Now that spring has sprung and people have a lovely four-day weekend to look forward to, many use the time to get lots of DIY projects started at home.

But the bank holiday often results in a rise in people visiting Queen’s Hospitals’s A&E department with DIY-related injuries.

Dr Michael Golding, an A&E consultant at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust, said: “It may sound obvious, but we really want people to take care of themselves so they can enjoy the bank holiday weekend being happy with their families, rather than having to come to our hospitals.”

A survey by Co-Op Insurance revealed one in 10 home owners experience a DIY disaster costing an average of £2,271 - the equivalent of more than £3.4billion – across the UK.

“DIY projects are popular in spring, and a longer weekend makes it the perfect time to get started,” added Dr Gold.

“No one ever sets out to have an accident or injure themselves, but it does happen.

“So read instructions thoroughly when using any equipment or tools, heed safety advice, get someone to help you with larger projects and don’t take on too much at once.”

Other safety tips include using someone to act as a spotter by holding ladders at the bottom, wearing safety goggles to protect eyes from flying debris.

GP hubs will have urgent appointments available from 9am to 4pm on Good Friday and Easter Monday and open from 8am to 8pm on Saturday and Easter Sunday. Call 02037701888 to book an appointment.

Dr Golding also warned people to not drink and drive.

“Don’t ruin a special family time by having the emergency services turn up on your doorstep to deliver bad news,” he added.

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