Do you love to do DIY? Don’t be too quick to jump in – it might look great on TV – knocking down walls and reconstructing your home to better suit your needs - but there are more subtle things to consider before you get involved in work like this. Many people do not know that when working in their homes they run a risk of being exposed to Asbestos Fibres.
There is a risk that this new wave of DIY renovations could mean a rise in asbestos victims. People are often completely unaware that this dangerous material can be found in the walls, roofs and insulation used in their homes .and the fact that asbestos related diseases manifest themselves after a long period of time can often be a reason that this issue is not taken seriously or that there is not more awareness of the potential harm that can be done.
If you disturb layers of asbestos without proper equipment and ventilation, the fibres can get into your lungs and exposing a person to the risk of developing mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is cancer in the lining of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos.
House owners inspired by television programs need to be aware of the danger presented by asbestos and need to be extremely careful if they suspect the presence of asbestos in their homes. The first step is to call asbestos professionals and have their home surveyed, samples will often be taken in these situations and sent for analysis. The most important thing to do if you suspect asbestos is present in your home is not to disturb it in any way.
Asbestos has been banned in Ireland but there an ongoing risk, as it is still present in buildings today, and today asbestos safety consulting companies all over the world are still involved in creating awareness and managing asbestos safety .