Leave DIY efforts to the pros, Brits told

Ten per cent of 50-year-olds have set out to perform a large-scale DIY project, a recent survey has found.

According to the Saga insurance study, almost one in three of those have ended up injuring themselves as a result.

Furthermore, three per cent wound up in hospital, thanks to their home improvement mishap.

The research discovered almost half of respondents had taken help from a relative to carry out their project, while only a quarter had called in a professional.

Commenting, National Home Improvement Council director Andrew Leech said this last choice was the smartest for big tasks – such as erecting a conservatory or installing a roof light.

He said utilising the skills of a trained person was the best bet "not only from the point of view of getting the job well done, but also from a safety point of view too".

Mr Leech did add things like painting and decorating were fine, but that larger tasks were best left to a pro.