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5 tips to prepare your backyard for the summer season

Our research shows outdoor maintenance is the most uncompleted job around the home, with around one-fifth of home owners neglecting year-round jobs like tidying unruly backyards, fixing damaged fencing, cleaning gutters and spraying weeds.

With summer just around the corner bringing fire and storm risk – and NSW already experiencing the full effect of a wild weather event – this week we’d like to give you five tips to prepare your home ready for summer and all that it brings.

 

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Clear dry leaves and debris from gutters, and install metal leaf guards if you’re in an area at high risk of bushfire. Gutters blocked by debris can also cause overflowing water to run down the inside of your walls, causing serious damage.

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Lawn maintenance

It’s the simplest thing to do, but people often neglect it. Keep your lawn short and remove any build-up of materials like dry leaves or dead branches that are flammable or can cause damage to your home in strong winds.

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Secure loose items

Keep timber, woodpiles and any flammable materials such as petrol away from the house, covered and secure. Also ensure damaged structures such as fencing are fixed and secure.

If a storm is approaching, ensure all outdoor settings such as table and chairs, clothes line and pot plants are all secure.

 

Backyard drainage

If your backyard is prone to flooding in heavy rainfall, you may need to build water trenches or install a long term drainage solution. These options prevent flash flooding and soil erosion. Speak with your local ‘Hubby’ about the best approach for your backyard.

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Nearest access to water

For those in areas at risk of fires, consider your nearest water access point and ensure you have a long enough hose to reach all sides of your house.

It’s better to be safe than sorry! If you don’t have the time or skills to prepare your home for the summer season, give your local Hire A Hubby a call on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

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Safety is no accident!

October is National Safe Work Australia month and it’s all about eliminating hazards and preventing injuries that stem from unsafe practices in the workplace.

This year’s theme is: Safety is a frame of mind. Get the picture.

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Figures from the National Injury Surveillance Unit show 25,000 Australians are hospitalised due to DIY-related injuring including ladder falls, nail gun injuries, and accidents from lawn mowers and power tools.

We’re all about safety at Hire A Hubby, so here are a few things you can do to make sure ‘do-it-yourself’ doesn’t become ‘damage-yourself’.

1.     Always wear protective gear.

Always consider the personal protective equipment (PPE) you wear when DIYing. The list below shows some staple pieces in every DIY arsenal and what they’re used for.

  • Gloves – handling heavy, sharp or prickly objects (carpentry, gardening)
  • Safety goggles – protection from flying debris and toxic fumes (sawing, varnishing)
  • Ear plugs – protection from loud power tools (drilling, sawing, mowing)
  • Coveralls/protective clothing – barrier for chemical agents (bleaching, painting)

2.     Be careful with power tools.

Accidents happen even to seasoned DIYers. Always take precaution when using electrical equipment and make sure there are no safety faults.

3.     Know your limits.

Don’t take on jobs that are out of your league. The worst way to finish a DIY project is with an injury. Also, paying a professional to fix a botched project is more expensive that engaging one from the start.

4.     Bring in the pros.

State-of-the-art tools can be bought at any hardware store but you can’t buy experience. Use professionals when expertise is required.

For more information or advice about your home DIY project, give your local Hire A Hubby a call on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.