DIY Safety Guide for Home Renovators

If you are thinking about renovating your home yourself, have you thought about the health and safety of your family, neighbours and pets during the renovation period? Lots of people now choose to DIY when it comes to home renovation, so extensive thought needs to go into the preparation of your family, neighbours and pets health and safety in this environment.

The good news is that home renovators now have access to practical advice about avoiding the negative health impacts caused by exposure to hazardous materials and chemicals when renovating their homes.

The Asbestos Education Committee have created a guide and website Asbestos Awareness to give home renovators important, simple advice and practical tips to avoid harming their own and their family's health while renovating.

The access to this website will help DIY Renovators to obtain the proper information on planning, safe work practices and a thorough clean up on the renovation site. This will help reduce the health risks created by hazardous materials during renovations. Protecting yourself and others from hazards is easy if you prepare well and follow some simple steps:

  • Identify hazards
  • Prepare the work area
  • Use safe work practices
  • Clean up properly.

The best advice is to plan ahead and move out for the time the renovations are ongoing. If that's not possible, and for many people it won't be, then plan to keep all persons and pets away from work areas until the clean-up finishes.

Don't forget to tell your neighbours about your renovations so they can also take steps to protect themselves if necessary.

To get some good practical advice speak to a Council on 4560 4444 during council office hours - 8:30am to 5pm, Monday - Friday.

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