Paint like Pro with Safety in Mind
Before you get that brush wet, it is best to think about how you are going to tackle your paint project safely. Whether you are simply doing a touchup or a giving an entire room a makeover, there are several precautions you should take to stay healthy and injury-free. Unlike some do-it-yourself jobs, being especially careful while painting is critical because paint is flammable and combustible, which makes it a health and safety hazard.
Painting Safety Precautions:
- Read the label on the paint can and follow all the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings
- While painting and as paint is drying, open doors and windows to create ventilation and disperse fumes outdoors rather than throughout your home.
- Remove any sources of flames, sparks or ignitions such as pilot lights, candles and cigarettes.
- Never use electrical equipment while working with paints because they can cause sparks.
- If you spill, clean it up immediately so you don’t slip and fall.
- Close paint containers when you are not using them.
What to Wear:
- Always wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Also, wear rubber gloves to protect your skin.
- Consider wearing rubber goggles or safety glasses and a paint respirator, especially if you are using a paint gun with an air compressor. If you get solvent pain on your skin, wash the affected area immediately with soap and water until it is completely cleaned off.
- Make sure the paint containers are tightly sealed before storing them
- Never store paint near heat sources such as space heaters or furnaces
- Properly dispose of empty paint containers
- If you have young children and/or pets, store paint and painting products out of their reach
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