DIY safety warning from fire service

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The fire service is urging people to take care when carrying out DIY projects. Last year West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service attended over 70 incidents related to DIY – including fires started by faulty electrical wiring, battery chargers, and welding.

Firefighters urge people to consider their own safety before beginning a new DIY project to try and prevent further injuries. To ensure your safety throughout the project, the service recommends reading all instructions on the equipment you’re using, ensuring tools have been purchased from reputable suppliers and clearing working environment of any obstructions.

The warning comes after off-duty firefighter Simon Woodland sustained injuries after using a disc incorrectly labelled – which claimed to be compatible with household angle grinders.

Head of Prevention, Nicki Peddle, said: “If you’re thinking of taking on a DIY project, no matter how experienced you are, it’s vital that you implement the proper safety measures before getting started. There are many potential risks associated with DIY, and the consequences of dismissing safety precautions doesn’t bear thinking about. So protect yourself, your family and your workspace by staying safe.”

Visit the West Sussex County Council website for more information on DIY safety: www.westsussex.gov.uk/diy.

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