DIY statistics

Don’t let DIY become GTH (Go To Hospital)

One of the trends that has emerged during our enforced lockdowns in Victoria this year has been an increase in the number of homeowners deciding to use the time to attend to a variety of DIY home improvement tasks that have been sitting on the ‘To Do List’.

Unfortunately, recent figures have shown that the increase in DIY activity has seen a proportionate increase in the number of Victorians injuring themselves in the process.

According to the Monash University Accident Research Centre, the number of Victorians visiting the Emergency Department of one of our 38 major hospitals in April after injuring themselves with a household tool increased by 31 per cent on the same time in 2019.

That number rose from 255 people in April 2019, to 335 in April 2020, but experts say that the trend may be even worse that indicated when you consider that people are tending to avoid visiting hospitals at the moment due to Covid-19 concerns.

In case you were wondering, the report indicated that the most common injuries among the DIY fraternity involved accidents with a powered grinder, saw or drill. Other prominent sources of injuries were sledgehammers, welders and lawnmowers, whilst falls from the roof or a tree were also on the rise.

It was interesting that these DIY-related injuries were on the increase at the same time that the number of overall visits to the Emergency Department were decreasing. Our female readers will also be interested to know that the 63 per cent of those seeking treatment for DIY type injuries were men aged between 25 and 64.

As we regularly say in these posts, if you are considering a renovation as part of preparations for a sale, you’ll find it valuable to have a chat with one of the team at Ian Reid Vendor Advocates before you commit to major expenses. And while you’re preparing for a sale, be sure to make use of the helpful tips in our booklet, “Fatal Real Estate Traps Exposed”. You can download a free while you’re here.