More than one quarter (26%) of home owners who have completed a DIY project reported injuries to themselves or someone else in their household during a home maintenance project, according to a survey by the National Safety Council and 3M TEKK Protection.
Among those who sustained personal injuries, 41% say they weren’t wearing personal protection gear when they were injured, even though what they needed was right at their fingertips.
Surprisingly, it’s not the most challenging projects that are causing harm.
- One in two (50%) who were personally injured taking on a home improvement project got hurt doing basic yard maintenance
- Nearly one in four (24%) were put on the injured list while painting the inside of their homes
- And nearly one in five (17%) blame routine home maintenance projects for their injuries
Seeing is believing
When it comes to protecting themselves, nearly three out of four (72%) home owners are concerned with injuring their eyes when doing home improvement projects. Yet when it comes to protecting themselves during yard maintenance projects, only 39% are adamant about wearing protective eyewear and 62% falsely believe that sunglasses will guard them from injury while doing work like mowing or weed whacking.
Protection is important to keep your eyes safe from projectiles and contaminants when working on home improvement projects like using a lawnmower, sanding, painting, or fertilizing. The blade of a power mower can reach a speed of 200 miles per hour and can hurl objects just as fast, turning rocks and twigs into dangerous projectiles.
Although nearly half (49%) of DIYers worry about injuring their respiratory system, less than two in five (39%) are consistent about protecting their air ways and lungs when working on home improvement projects.
It’s important to wear a NIOSH-approved respirator when tackling routine projects like clearing lawn debris, sanding walls, or spraying paint.
And when it comes to hearing protection, nearly half (47%) of those who work with loud or high-decibel equipment, such as lawnmowers or power tools, don’t wear any type of proper hearing protection, even though continued exposure can lead to hearing loss over the long term.
Hearing protection is recommended for continual exposure to anything over 85 decibels. Noise levels generated by mowers and chainsaws can range from 90-110 decibels.
Source: National Safety Council and 3M TEKK