With the economy how it is and how it’s been going in recent years, despite some relative improvements, many people are still keen on finding ways to cut costs on things from groceries, home necessities and even home improvements. Home improvements can come with a whole host of their own ups and downs, and some can be extremely serious and even life threatening. Notwithstanding injuries that can be sustained as a result of DIY gone wrong, there are other potential health implications that can be experienced as a result of doing your own home improvements and building projects. Read on to learn more.
Not Just Injuries
Of course, some injuries are somewhat superficial, like whacking your thumb with a hammer or pricking yourself with a nail, but other injuries can be quite significant such as falls or having things fall on you. Additionally, depending on when your home was built, you may run into issues with exposure to the building materials such as asbestos. Asbestos is a highly toxic substance which was formerly used as insulation in some homes that were built during specific periods of time (usually pre-70’s). Asbestos exposure and inhalation can cause significant, life altering health issues in people of all ages, some of which can significantly reduce the lifespan of affected individuals.
No one is exempt or immune to the effects of asbestos, and so it’s incredibly important to practice extremely vigilant, high quality safety precautions when working with or around it. Proper protective gear, and even moving your family out of the house while you’re completing the work can be beneficial – or better yet, hiring specialists to deal with the asbestos side of things can significantly reduce the risks associated with this particular material.
If you do find yourself exposed to asbestos – either through your own DIY or simply through environmental factors such as building works occurring in areas where asbestos is found in the earth, there are options. If Mesothelioma, life-altering cancer, is contracted, the health of the affected individual will be significantly compromised, and with law firms such as Slater and Gordon offering assistance with compensation claims for those affected, it’s important to know that you have options if you find yourself in this situation.
So the next time you’re planning some DIY, double check if you will be putting yourself and your family at risk through exposure to asbestos. The best solution is prevention, and so it’s a great place to start to ensure the ongoing health of yourself and those you love.