Four times as many Victorians injured at home as in car accidents
The Home Safe Group has released figures highlighting the importance of taking simple safety steps around the home.
The statistics show that more than 26,000 Victorians were admitted to hospital from accidents in the home in the last financial year, compared to 5,974 admitted for road trauma.
Robert Caulfield from the Homesafe Group of Architects is pushing for a "road toll" approach to increase awareness of dangers in and around residential properties.
One of the most fun parts of buying a house is getting stuck into DIY projects, which can increase the value your of your home when it comes time to sell your property, but it is important to remember some simple safety rules.
Always work with sufficient lighting - especially around stairwells or other areas with uneven floor spaces.
Keep power cords off of the floor. Most modern homes have more cords than we know what to do with, but it only takes one to cause a fall in the home.
When working on or around ladders, make sure the ladder is sturdy, on flat ground, and whenever possible, have a spotter holding the ladder steady for you.
As much as Aussies love the odd DIY project, remember that some jobs are safer (and easier) when left to the experts.