For many people, the word 'demolition' conjures up images of large buildings falling to the ground and creating clouds of dust. In reality, this sort of operation makes up only a small part of all the demolition work carried out.
In practical terms, demolition work is any that involves destroying part of an interior or exterior. For many homeowners, the biggest demolition project they'll ever be involved in is demolishing part of their house so an extension can be built.
Although this isn't as dangerous as building demolitions on a large scale, it still comes with plenty of risks, so before you do so much as start removing a wall, make sure you carry out these safety steps.
Check for asbestos
Asbestos was used quite widely in building materials and appliances up until about the 1980s, so it's best to assume it may be present if your home predates this decade. With that said, you shouldn't assume it isn't just because your home was built in the '90s or later. It can be difficult to tell if asbestos is likely or not, so if you're not sure what to look for, it's best to hire a professional.
Have an electricity inspection
When you begin your demolition work, it's best to turn off the power completely. Still, a qualified electrician should carry out checks to make sure you're not going to damage anything essential or create a fire when the power is turned back on. There could be wiring inside walls that you have no idea exists.
Have a gas inspection
In the same way there could be hidden electrical dangers in walls, you must be careful to ensure there are no gas pipes in the area to be demolished. Your gas supply company should be able to advise you on finding a suitable person to check for you.
Secure the area
You should plan in advance so you can make sure nobody puts themselves in danger while you're carrying out demolition work. Let your neighbours know, keep children well out of the way and put up a temporary fence or barrier if the site is adjacent to public places.
Get the right equipment
Protect yourself fully by getting hold of all the protective equipment you'll need. You should have goggles and a respirator to prevent dust injuries, ear defenders for noise and strong work gloves to protect your hands. You'll also need a good quality hard hat, steel-toed boots and coveralls to keep your clothes and body clean and protected.
For more safety information when it comes to demolition, contact companies like Roach Demolition & Excavations.