Are You DIYing Safely? Well, according to some UK statistics and news reports, the British certainly aren't. According to a handful of headlines that keep popping up in my browser, the English have done a better job tracking DIY-related injury ... and a better job of stoking anxiety about it.
"You're Better Off Staying in Bed,"
yells one headline, while another reads "DIY Shows on Television Causing 'Rise in Accidents.'"
That's right: some blame TV renovation shows for the uptick in reckless DIY activity and resulting injuries. We're talking power tool and ladder mishaps, and all the other bad stuff that'll land you in traction.
For some time now, I've been watching for equivalent claims here in the US. But there's nothing. Nada. Searching key words like "blame," "DIY" and "injury" in the US news produces dramatically different results. The CDC blames cats and dogs for many domestic injuries
, a Florida driver blames his SUV crash on a snake
, and roller shoes are blamed for kids' injuries
But DIY doesn't enter the picture. Why the disconnect? I'm stumped. Is it cultural? Please share your views in the comments section!