Dedicated: Consider Your Health During DIY Home Renovations

The more I try the ideas I see on Pinterest and Tumblr, the more of an ambitious DIY-er I become. From refinishing old furniture to rewiring the electrical outlets in my living room, I can’t seem to stop trying. It’s fun, and I’ve learned a ton! As I progress down the eternal road of DIY, the risk of injury gets higher. This infographic from slatergordon.co.uk does a great job explaining describing some DIY-related health hazards.

One of my lifelong dreams is to find an old house and renovate it. Old architecture and old-fashioned kitchens are two of my favorite things, and usually older homes are less expensive. DIY is, after all, a broke girl’s best friend! Growing up watching old movies has made me nostalgic for a time period I’ve never lived in. Thank goodness there are still vintage houses out there waiting to be restored!

Having grown up in houses that were either being flipped or restored, I know the hazards that can occur in a construction zone. Fortunately, staying organized is usually a good way to prevent bad things from happening, but sometimes, it’s completely out of your control. Asbestos, for instance, used to be widely used in homes. These days, we know how harmful it can be to respiratory systems and the rest of the body, but there are still homes that contain it.

Protecting Your Health During Home Renovations

If you don’t know or aren’t sure if there’s asbestos in your home, you’re better to be safe than sorry. When doing any work in the house, be sure you have air filters or face masks to wear. Small particles in the air aren’t good for your respiratory system regardless of whether or not you have asbestos. Mouth masks are available at every hardware store for only a few dollars.

Another safety mainstay is to keep airflow moving through your renovation area by opening the windows. Whether you’re painting, tiling, or even just vacuuming a really dirty area, you want to be sure that the air keeps moving. Stale air can contain particles that are bad for breathing, and paints contain airborne chemicals that can cause headaches and nausea.

If you’ve purchased a fixer-upper recently and have big plans for renovation projects, good for you! Let your creativity loose, and enjoy the process. If you have a house that might contain materials that are now considered harmful, like asbestos, it’s best to consult a professional about safe removal before knocking down any walls or removing any fixtures.

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Do you have a great home renovation health tip? Leave it in the comments!