DIY Risks

In a bid to save money we are doing as much as we can around our home ourselves, from re insulating the two lofts to sanding down, filling and repainting the dodgy skirting boards. Sam has drilled holes into every surface, used chemicals to stick things down that needed to be stuck and almost flooded the place when he stuck an accidental hole in the hot water pipe!

So many Brits are DIY enthusiasts, and why not? It can save time, be an enjoyable way to spend a day and you can get a great sense of achievement if all goes to plan! But out of all the people who were planning a DIY project in 2017 there were some interesting statistics:

  • 33% of people surveyed are happy to upcycle old/antique furniture, yet only a tiny 1% would consider this an extreme risk to their health.
  • 45% of people surveyed would happily drill into walls, however only 5% of people consider this an extreme risk to their health.
  • A huge 48% stated that they were ‘not concerned’ about a health related problem (e.g. breathing difficulties, nausea, skin irritation etc.)

 

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I’m amazed at how many seemingly innocuous tasks that people undertake without much thought could actually be so dangerous to your health! We had an asbestos survey carried out when we moved, thankfully there was none but I’m sure a survey people don’t both with to save a bit of money and then find out down the line, often when it’s too late that there is Asbestos present, which of course can cause mesothelioma, a type of cancer. It can take up to 50 years for the symptoms to show up if you’ve been working with asbestos and you can find out more about Mesothelioma compensation from Slater & Gordon if you or someone you know might be affected.

 

 

 

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