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The 10 Most Common DIY Emergency Room Visits

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The 10 Most Common DIY Emergency Room Visits

Some people are accident prone. Others are more careful or lucky. But the chances are that sooner or later every family will visit the emergency room of a hospital. Accidents do happen and because we are a nation of avid do-it-yourselfers, we probably have more accidents than others. DIY is a terrific concept – it saves money and gives one a sense of pride in having done something worthwhile in the house. But if care is not taken, it can be dangerous.


Hospital emergency rooms are places where every kind of emergency is dealt with. Ask any emergency room doctor and you will be told that the single most common reason for emergency room visits is domestic accidents. And most of them occur while doing repairs at home. The problem with DIY projects is that they often seem easier than they really are. This leads to taking the risks associated with them for granted and from this carelessness or lack of knowledge of safety precautions injuries are caused. Here are 10 of the most common of reasons for visits to the emergency room.


If you do not have the time or inclination to undertake domestic repairs or are not sure of how to go about them, getting expert help is always the better option. Google, or another genuine search engine, is where you will find information on all kinds of home repair and renovation professionals in your area.

  1. 1.Cleaning Gutters

    Cleaning gutters is a task every home owner needs to perform regularly. It may seem like a mundane job, but climbing ladders always entails a risk. Leaning at awkward angles or stretching out to reach corners can easily cause you to become unbalanced and fall. Another danger is from a ladder that is not securely placed and slips out from under you.

  3. 2.Tree Removal

    Tree removal and trimming involves both large amounts of timber falling to the ground and the use of dangerous equipment like chain saws. Even experienced lumberjacks can make mistakes about the direction in which a tree will fall. Crush injuries and broken bones from falling trees are very common emergency room injuries. And the sharp teeth of a chain saw, moving at such high speed, can be lethal. Chainsaw injuries are among the most serious ones that emergency rooms have to deal with.

  4. 3.Gas Line Repairs

    A gas line is like a ticking bomb; it is full of explosive gas. Working on a gas line is a job that should be undertaken by qualified professionals. Even the smallest spark, caused by a tool hitting metal, can cause an explosion or start a fire. Gas explosions are often fatal and if you survive one, or survive the burns from a gas fire, the emergency room is just the first stop in a long and time consuming recovery.

  5. 4.Roof Repairs

    From the time of Charlie Chaplin accidents on the roof, including falling off one, have been comedy staples. Funny though the idea may be, the fact is that a fall from the roof can easily led to broken bone and in the worst case be fatal. The key to doing roof repairs is to never forget where you are and how far it is to the ground.

  6. 5.Outlet Installation

    Installing electric outlets for a new piece of equipment is among the most common of household jobs. There is no hi tech involved and the installation is usually at floor level or some convenient height so that the need for ladders is eliminated. But the fact is that you are working high voltage and mistakes like not turning off the mains before beginning work, not checking to ensure that the wires you are working with do not have residual power in them and not wearing safety equipment like insulated gloves etc. can lead to serious injury by way of electric shock.

  7. 6.Insulation Installation

    Everyone knows about the dangers of asbestos insulation that was commonly used in houses in the last century. The fact that it is now illegal and no longer in use can cause some home handymen to think that insulation installation is a risk free job. But even safe insulation material like fiberglass can be dangerous. If minute particles are inhaled, they can get lodged in the lungs and lead to serious respiratory problems. Always wear a mask when dealing with any kind of insulation.

  9. 7.Carpentry Work

    Hitting your thumb with a hammer is another old comedy staple. But while that may be painful, it is unlikely to cause the kind of injury that the modern power tools in the carpenter’s armory can cause. Table saws, jig saws, nail guns, and so on can make carpentry easy, but if care is not taken while using them, experiencing a hand injury is possible.

  10. 8.Moving

    Moving heavy objects in the home is a major injury prone risk. It is easy to underestimate the weight of the object or to overestimate your own strength. No matter how fit you are, lifting heavy object can cause torn muscles, sprains, and dislocated joints. Besides being very painful, these can take a long time to heal and keep you away from any more work, perhaps even your actual job.

  11. 9.Landscaping

    Landscaping is considered to be one of the most relaxing and safe household chores. By and large it is, but when power tools enter the picture, the situation changes dramatically. The incidence of foot and eye injury from the use of weed wackers and edgers is growing rapidly to become one to the most common injuries that emergency room staff has to deal with.

  12. 10.House Cleaning

    Because house cleaning is such a mundane everyday chore, we tend to take it for granted and distract ourselves by listening to music of talking on the phone while working. Even the most common of household cleaners like ammonia and bleaches can be toxic is inhaled in significant quantities. And if concentrated amount come in to contact with the skin, the resulting burns and discoloration can be very painful and a scar often remains at the location to the injury.

Doing your own home repairs can be very satisfying. And by understanding the nature of the job, having the skills to do it and not taking the risks involved for granted and observing all the necessary safety precautions, there is no reason why you should not be able to do them safely. But ignoring these issues can lead to a trip to the emergency room.

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