Planning some exciting new looks for your home? Whether your planning to recolor the outside or inside of your home, following paint safety tips is a crucial part of the project.
Redesigning your home space should be a fun and exciting moment as you see things come together. But if you’re not taking the proper precautions it can be more dangerous than you realize.
After you’ve picked the perfect colors and purchased all the needed tools you’ll be almost ready to go. But you should also follow these tips for painting below so that your DIY project can come together easily, without any possibility of injury.
Use the Right Ladder
You might think hopping on a ladder real quick won’t be dangerous at all, but a fall from a ladder can lead to terrible injury in certain circumstances. Be sure you have someone with you to hold the ladder steady and spot you from below. Don’t lean too far away from the ladder when trying to reach a spot.
It’s better to move at a steady pace and adjust the ladder as you paint instead of risking injury.
A lot of paints, thinners, and strippers could be a fire hazard. Keep them away from heaters and other potential fire-prone areas, and if using a heat gun be sure to keep a fire extinguisher in the area just in case.
Painting requires some personal protection equipment you might not realize but can help keep you safe and clean as you work. It’s a good idea to wear gloves and goggles, as well as a mask to protect you from potential fumes.
Spray it Safe
The need for PPE is extra important when you are working with things like a power washer for exterior painting or spray paints. If you are spray painting, do it outside or be sure to do it in a space you can leave for periods of time.
Air it Out
Considering how many people paint things throughout their lives as homeowners, it may seem like a simple task, but paint fumes are dangerous. If you can, keep windows open and allow for the space you work in to air out as you work and well after as well. Indoor painting with solvent paints can create fumes that cause dizziness and other complications, so make sure the area has some ventilation and you wear a mask.
Keep it Clean
Once you’re done or if you’ve finished for the day you should thoroughly clean up what you’ve worked with. This will help prevent any possible flammable items from being forgotten and will prevent the further spread of fumes by closing and securing your paints and thinners for the day.
Take a Time Out
Painting takes time, and you might want to rush through the project, but giving a room time to dry in areas and for paint fumes to dissipate can help protect you and your project. It typically takes several hours to paint a room, and if you want to do multiple layers, you’ll need to take breaks and allow time for the paint to dry.
Remember These Paint Safety Tips
No matter the size or scope of your painting project, paint safety should be the top priority as you progress. By following these steps you’re ensuring that the painting will go well and you will be safe to enjoy all you’ve accomplished afterward.
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