Stay Safe During Home Improvements By Avoiding Dangerous Chemicals
Are you considering home some DIY home improvements? If so, there are numerous things to consider before making the plunge. Home renovations are six times more wasteful in terms of overall costs and material use than new construction and can pose significant health hazards. Every home renovator should consider the dangerous chemicals or substances that a person may come into contact with during a home renovation. Asbestos is one of the most common and deadliest minerals present during renovations of older homes. Let’s take a look at some of the most dangerous chemicals and toxins present during home renovations.
Avoid Asbestos Exposure During Renovations
Asbestos exposure during renovations of older buildings is common. Many people are unaware that they have been exposed to asbestos until 10 to 50 years later when they develop mesothelioma. By then, it is too late to take precautions. Once the mineral is lodged into the tissue lining of the lungs, stomach or heart, there is nothing that can be done to reverse the process.
Many people may be able to prolong the development of mesothelioma by maintaining a healthy immune system. Antioxidants can help to boost the immune system and fight cancer-causing free radicals in the body. While a fortified diet, rich in antioxidants, can offer some protection against the development of mesothelioma, this form of cancer may develop on its own without any aid. This is why mesothelioma is the leading health condition arising from asbestos exposure.
Handle Mold and Mildew Properly Upon Removal
Gloves, aspirators and protective clothing are required during home renovations to prevent getting sick from exposure. Inhalation of mold and mildew can cause a person to become lethargic, itchy or to develop a rash. This common pollutant is found in dark and damp locations. If the home has a leak, mold or mildew may develop near the source of the leak. Prompt removal is requested to avoid making the inhabitants sick.
Prevent the Affects of Air Pollutants Such As Radon
Radon exposure is a common problem that may lead to deteriorated health. The gas is odorless, tasteless and colorless. A test is the only way to determine the presence of radon. Otherwise, it is a silent killer that can cause lung cancer and other conditions. Radon exposure can be harmful to a person’s health and should be avoided as much as possible.
Limit Exposure to Dangerous Chemicals During Renovations
Exposure to life-threatening substances can be reduced through education and physical ability. If the proper gear is worn during removal, home renovations can be a useful process. Aspirators, gloves and protective outerwear are commonly used to limit exposure to dangerous chemicals.
This is a guest post from Brian Turner. Brian is a health advocate and writer for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. He is also very interested in all types of cars; his favorites are classic, muscle, and imports.
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