Although painting is one of the most common tasks carried out by DIY-ers, caution is required when working with all types of painting material. Listed below are some basic guidelines for painting safely:
Always work in a well-ventilated area. Open all doors and windows, and turn any exhaust fans. Also keep all types of pets out of freshly painted rooms.
If you cannot ventilate the area well enough to get rid of fumes, wear a respirator approved for such use.
Wear a dust mask and safety goggles when sanding to keep yourself from breathing in dust particles and to protect your eyes.
Wear safety goggles, gloves, and a respirator when you are using any chemical strippers, caustic cleaning compounds, or other strong solvents.
Use dust sheet to protect the floor area. Avoid using any type of plastic sheeting as plastic can be slippery under foot.
Never ever store paint products near a flame or heat source. Avoid smoking while painting or using thinner.
Inspect ladders for sturdiness. Make sure that all four legs rest squarely on the floor and that all cross braces are locked in place. Never lean away from a ladder; get off and move it if you cannot reach a spot easily.
Clean up promptly after painting, and properly dispose of soiled materials. Do not leave used rags to dry in areas accessible to children or pets.
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