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The Importance of Staying Safe When Doing DIY

Chloe Harwood
Written by Chloe Harwood

We all love a bit of home improvement. From painting a feature wall to re-upholstering an old chair or even a full kitchen re-fit; there always seems to be something that needs doing to make your house a home.

We might all think we’re pro’s but actually sometimes mistakes and disasters can and do happen. Slater and Gordon injury claims ensure that if something does go wrong, you can get the help and support that you need. But just how safe are we?

48% of people are unconcerned about risks to their health from DIY projects suggesting they’re more of a drill now think later kind of person. That being said there are some things that we should all be looking out for before we begin any type of project.

Asbestos

This fibrous substance was used in many housebuilding projects between the 1930’s and 1980’s and can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. If you’re house was built during this period then make sure you get it checked by an expert before beginning any major projects!

MDF

A material that you can probably find all over your home. Don’t be too alarmed but the resin it’s made with contains harmful substances which when breathed in can lead to breathing issues!

Lead Piping

If you live in an old house built before the 1970’s then you may have lead piping. Overexposure to this can cause numerous behavioural and physical problems and even lead to brain damage.

Mould

Mould can be caused by a number of issues from leaks to faulty extractors. Mould can lead to breathing illnesses so make sure you keep an eye out for the common pest and deal with it asap before it spreads.

If you’re planning on undertaking any kind of DIY project, big or small, then make sure you double-check your safety measures first and don’t take any unnecessary risks…it’s better to be safe than sorry!

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Chloe Harwood

Chloe Harwood