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Paint Makes the Difference Part 6

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Some Painting Safety Tips

It is obvious that paint is fairly user-friendly; however, there is nothing wrong with exercising caution when working with it. Following are some basic guidelines for painting your house safely:

Always consider working in a well-ventilated area. If possible, open doors and windows and use exhaust fans. Also, keep your pets, if you have, out of freshly painted rooms.

If you cannot ventilate the area well enough to get rid of dangerous fumes, you can wear a respirator approved for such use.

When sanding, wear a dust mask and safety goggles to keep yourself from breathing in dust particles. This will also protect your eyes.

Wear safety goggles, gloves and a respirator when you are using chemical strippers, strong solvents, or caustic cleaning compounds.

Use canvas drop cloths on the floor. Remember that cloth stays in place and isn’t as slippery as plastic.

Avoid using or storing paint product near a flame or heat source. In relation to this, do not smoke while painting or using thinner.

Check ladders for sturdiness. Just makes sure that all fours legs rest squarely on the floor and that both cross brakes are locked in place. Never stand on the top step or the utility shelf. And, never lean away from a ladder. Get off and move it if you cannot reach a spot easily.

After painting, clean up promptly and properly dispose of soiled rags. Experts also suggest that to eliminate any chance of spontaneous combustion, spread rags that are soaked with alkyd paint or thinner outdoors and let these dry all day before disposing of them at a toxic-waste dump. Never leave those rags to dry in areas that are accessible to children or pets.


After saying all these, are you still with me? If so, congratulations!


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