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Top 10 Painting Safety Tips

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Painting is a simple process, but it’s not without its potential dangers. These painting safety tips, along with some common sense, will ensure that your next painting project comes off mishap-free.

  1. Ventilate the area that you’re painting. Open all doors and windows in the room, and use fans to keep the air flowing.
  2. If the area being painted can’t be properly ventilated for some reason, wear a respirator while painting and only work for short periods of time.
  3. If you’re going to be sanding, wear safety goggles and a dust mask. If possible, use a power sander with a bag for collecting dust.
  4. If you’re using stripper, cleaners, or any other chemical solutions, wear safety goggles, a respirator, and gloves.
  5. Use canvas drop cloths instead of plastic to protect your floors. Cloth stays in place better than plastic and is less slippery.
  6. Paint is extremely flammable. Keep it away from any heat sources, such as water heaters or fireplaces, and never smoke while painting!
  7. If you’re painting or working near any electrical outlets, cover them with painter’s tape and turn off the power to the room before you begin.
  8. Make sure your ladder is on an even surface and that the cross braces are locked. Never stand on the top rung or the utility shelf of a ladder. If you’re having trouble reaching a spot, climb down and move the ladder instead of leaning out.
  9. Clean up thoroughly at the end of each day. If you have any rags with alkyd paint or thinner on them, place them outside to dry to avoid spontaneous combustions. When they are thoroughly dry, dispose of them at a hazardous waste site.
  10. Once a room is painted, give it at least two days to dry thoroughly before using it. In particular, children and pets should be kept clear of the freshly painted room.
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