Home remodeling can involve anything from knocking down a wall to adding a new room to a home. Keeping safety in mind throughout the process helps ensure your family gets through the remodel smoothly. Follow these safety steps before taking the first remodeling step.
1. Acquire Safety Equipment
Most remodeling projects will require, at minimum, dust masks or respirators to protect you from airborne particulates, work gloves and safety goggles. When using varnishes, paints and other chemicals that produce fumes, you may need a painter’s respirator. Getting this equipment before the project will reduce delays and prevent the temptation of working without the right safety gear.
2. Trash and Hazardous Materials Disposal
All remodeling projects produce some trash, and the larger the project is the more trash you can assume you will have. Arranging for a rented dumpster or extra trash barrels helps ensure you’ll have a convenient place to put all of that material as you continue your project. Avoid waiting until the end to haul the trash outdoors. Cluttered work areas mean added safety hazards. If you are discarding hazardous materials, such as old paint and varnish, keep them separate from other trash and take them to your local household hazardous waste facility.
3. Use Professional Services when Needed
There are many projects you can safely do yourself. However, some home remodeling jobs require experts in order to be done the right way and completed according to local laws and building codes. Examples include electrical wiring or repair, HVAC installing, asbestos removal, sewer line repair or installation and plumbing work, such as installing plumbing in a new bathroom. Experts at Attaboy Electric Service LLC, for example, can help homeowners with tricky and dangerous electrical needs.
4. Prevent Accidental Injuries
Drop cloths, extra trash receptacles, extension cord covers, towels for spills, brooms and dustpans are among the items you will need to keep work areas clean and clear. Accidental falls are commonly caused by moisture or unexpected debris on the floor. Electrical cords pose a tripping hazard unless safely covered.
5. Ventilate the Work Area
In many areas, you will be able to open windows and doors. However, if you are working in enclosed or semi-enclosed areas you might need to rent or buy a high-powered shop fan to exhaust dust and fumes.
6. Arrange to Keep Pets and Children Safe
The work areas need to be inaccessible to pets and children. During small remodeling projects, you can often accomplish this by shutting doors to the area or putting up barricades. When this is not possible, consider sending pets and children to a relative or a daycare/boarding facility during the day until the remodeling is complete.
Never cut corners when it comes to safety no matter how much time you think you might save. Getting through your home projects safely means you can enjoy the fruits of your hard labor. Patience and preparedness makes a difference.
Author Bio: Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO and often writes about home, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn’t writing.