When it comes to the care and maintenance of your home the first thing you should take care of – is you. If you’re thinking of carrying out any work yourself, please take a couple of minutes to read the following safety advice:

Consider what you are going to do and how you are going to do it. Have the right tools and check they are in good condition.

Power cables are most likely to be positioned horizontally, or vertically from the sockets and light switches. (Cable detectors are available from DIY stores).

Gas and water services may be embedded in the floor. When screwing into floor boards use screws that are not long enough to penetrate all the way through.

Typically, this may include a proprietary hop up, step ladder or extending ladder. When using any access or work equipment always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Many injuries at home occur as a result of falling from height. We would recommend hiring a professional contractor to undertake work above ground level.

You never know when an accident will happen but you can always be prepared.

Protect yourself against eye and limb injuries and fume or fibre inhalation with appropriate clothing and safety equipment.

Inspect the condition of all tools or materials and read the appropriate health and safety instructions, before starting work.

More details and further practical help can be found in the NHBC ‘Guide to Your New Home’ booklet.