Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Beware of Potential Health Hazards in DIY Projects


sources of asbestos in home
Asbestos in the home
Home Renovation Dangers
 

Besides the material and labor costs of home renovation project, there are sometimes hidden costs to your health. 

Before your home renovation begins, take time to learn about some of these hidden dangers than can lead to serious life-threatening illnesses, whick include mesothelioma and other life-threatening cancers.  

Take the necessary precautions to prevent you or your family members from becoming sick.

Graphic courtesy of the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Especially, older homes contain materials that were manufactured before the federal government began to regulate the use of dangerous chemicals. Some of these chemicals include asbestos, lead paint, and pesticides.  All of these chemicals are extremely dangerous.  

Asbestos can lead to mesothelioma or lung cancer. Lead paint can lead to neuroligical damage and serious lung problems. Pesticides have a number of seriously debilitating effects if they are ingested, inhaled or come in contact with skin.

English: Micrographs of malignant mesothelioma...
Micrographs of malignant mesothelioma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many people do not know these chemicals are in their homes. They may be trapped within the walls, water and sewage systems, the attic or household appliances. Just because they have lived in the home without symptoms does not mean these substances are not present.

Without realizing it, the home's occupants may be unleashing a health crisis when home renovation begins. During the renovation, the particles from these chemicals begin to be released into the air.

There are steps people can take to keep themselves and their loved ones from becoming ill during the renovation. One of the most important things is to make sure that the working area is well-ventilated. The renovator should be sure there is plenty of fresh air during the renovation. This may be as simple as opening windows or doors, but a HEPA filtering and ventilation system can be rented to increase safety. If hazardous materials are detected, they must be dealt with according to hazardous waste regulations.

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