Law Firms Warn of Asbestos Risks When Decorating
Around half of Britons are unconcerned about the health risks connected to renovating or decorating their homes, according to new research.
The poll, which involved a total of 2,098 people, found that 48% of those approached didn't worry about their health when carrying out home improvements.
Law firm Slater and Gordon were behind the research, and they've warned that tasks such as painting, drilling, sawing, and sanding could unknowingly be exposing people to “deadly asbestos”.
The firm, specialists in asbestos related disease, found that while 73% of those surveyed lived in a property that was 30 years old or more, just 6% had carried out an asbestos survey.
Dominic Smith, from Slater and Gordon’s industrial disease team, said: “With more and more people turning their hand to DIY, it’s important they know the risks and take all possible precautions to protect themselves.
“Having your home properly checked for asbestos is a simple measure to safeguard the health of you and your family and could even save your life.”