How much house renovation have you done in the past? Some basic painting, or some serious drilling and hammering?
Did you ever think about the impact all that work might be having on your health? Slater Gordon have recently done some research, and discovered some seriously striking stats regarding our #HealthandHome.
40% of women would be willing to upcycle old furniture, compared to 26% of men. Women love finding a bargain. Picking up an item from a charity shop or a carboot sale is satisfying in itself, but then there’s the joy of renovating it into something beautiful! However, it seems men aren’t as keen, and would rather purchase something new than bother with upcycling.
Nearly half of people are unconcerned about DIY-induced health risks. 48% would dive into a DIY project without thinking twice about the risks that could be posed to their health.
Drilling into walls and sawing large pieces of MDF can have a huge effect on our respiratory system, however, only 5% said that these activities could be dangerous. MDF contains many harmful substances, including formaldehyde which is a recognised carcinogen, so make sure you use good protection, such as a dust mask.
Be aware of asbestos. Asbestos was used a lot in the 1930s to 80s as it’s a fireproof material. However, the tiny fibres that are released from broken asbestos can be deadly.
How to protect yourself from these dangers
Asbestos is fine if it’s in one piece. When it’s broken up, it releases tiny fibres that can cause mesothelioma, in really bad cases. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs.
6% of people have never had an asbestos survey on their current home, but it’s not worth the risk!
If you uncover what you believe to be asbestos, leave it alone until you get a professional in. You can also send off samples to a professional in the post, and get the results within 24 hours! If it’s not asbestos, you can get the sledge hammer out.
If you’re sanding down and renovating wooden furniture, make sure you wear a dust mask to stop any dust getting into your nose and lungs. Try to do the job outside rather than in, as the outdoors is much more ventilated.
Do you do a lot of DIY? Have you ever experienced the dangers first hand?