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First aid for home improvers

Updated on November 11, 2008


Why should you not try to do the electricity and gas pipes yourself instead of hiring someone who knows how to do it safely? You can learn anything don’t you?


And protective clothing is useless. It’s too hot or too uncomfortable when you have to go to the toilet. You don’t need it anyway. Just some band aid in your pocket for those minor scratches is enough when you go ahead with the circular saw.


And sure you can work on simple sneakers while you’re demolishing or breaking down a wall to make the room bigger. What are the chances of getting something on your foot or bumping your toes when you’re rebuilding the whole place?


Dust mask? Safety glasses? Whaha those are for sissies. Nothing will happen if you inhale small particles of dust. And what are the chances of getting dust in your eyes. If you close your eyes a little more, just so that you still can see what you are doing, there will be no problem.


Why shut down the electricity for just a few wires. Nothing can happen. (At least if no one bumps into you)


Why ventilate the room while you’re using Epoxy adhesives. You might get a cold from the draft. Adhesives are not that toxic?




Most accidents happen in and around the home while people are busy with home improvement, home decor, bathroom remodeling, kitchen improvements, living room improvements. You name it. Even the most enthusiastic “Do it yourself type” can make a mistake. But these mistakes lead to the fact that a lot of these home improvers wind up at the hospital or even worse at the morgue.


Maybe this all sounds exaggerated, but it happens anyway.



 Contractors are expensive, so nowadays the home improvers do more and more their selves. So accidents can happen. Even just because many of them don’t even bother to read the instructions that come along with the big tools. And who often forget to read the instructions just because they think they know hmm? Right. Most of the home improving victims are men.


First Aid


But I have some tips, just in case. When all these people.. uhh men wind up in hospitals; do you know how expensive this is?   


So ladies, if your man is doing it his way, here are some First aid tips for home improvement accidents


Breathing exercises

In case of breathing problems caused by inhaling toxic fumes of paint or any other substance, put your both hands around his throat and squeeze to prevent longer suffering.



When you find the home improver unconscious because he didn’t ventilate enough, step back, close the door behind you and leave him alone so he can enjoy it a little longer.


Blood loss

When there is a case of serious blood loss trough wrongly use of a circular saw, just put the home improver in a colander, let it all leak out. Don’t wring to prevent internal contusions.


Fractured bones

When the home improver falls from a tall ladder and breaks his leg, try to bend it so both legs look the same again. Sometimes it’s necessary to break it a little more. When after the fall both legs are broken, let the home improver walk on his hands.



When there are severe burns, ask a discount at the crematory.





 When you start some home improvements, do it safe please.


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    • Lazur profile image

      Lazur 9 years ago from Netherlands

      People often think they are prepared:D

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      Rebecca Graf 9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Great hub! People don't stop and think of what could happen and be prepared. I'm better than most, but I have to get a little more prepared now after reading these reminders.

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      Lazur 9 years ago from Netherlands

      It was fun working on this one:).I've seen my share of accidents too. Since then I am doing the improvements myself:D

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Lazur that was priceless as well as good advice...loved the videos too...I have seen a few things happen that were not funny...and one thing about my EX is he was slow but safe and each project was well done...miss that now...G-Ma :o) Hugs

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      LOL, no I did not witness it but I do live in the house he was building and where he lost his fingers. So I am reminded of it often. He went on to accomplish some great things. He never allowed his handicap to slow him down. I have some real great memories of this guy, my grandfather. I bet he would just love your hub.

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      Lazur 9 years ago from Netherlands

      I hope they are very helpfull Gwendy LOL

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      gwendymom 9 years ago from Oklahoma

      Roflmao, this is great, I might have to use this tips for my next home improvement project.

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      Lazur 9 years ago from Netherlands

      I hope it brings some awareness Dottie:)

      I hope you didn't witness it. It isn't a pretty sight.

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Great awareness hub for home improvers. Brought back memories of my grandfather losing 3 fingers from his circular saw.