Painting is a relatively user-friendly activity if the proper precautions are taken to ensure safety. Painting is one of the easier do-it-yourself projects, yet it is not without its potential hazards. Respect for the task mixed with some common sense and a few safety tips can ensure your safety with any DIY painting project. Follow these easy tips for your next paint project to avoid unnecessary injury.
• If you are using any solutions containing chemicals, such as stripper or cleaners, wear safety goggles, gloves, and a respirator.
• Protect floors with drop cloths instead of plastic to avoid slips and falls.
• Do not paint or store paint near any heat source such as a water heater or fireplace, and never smoke while painting.
• Always make sure your ladder is in good shape before every use. Make sure your on an even surface and never stand on the very top of the ladder. If you are having difficulty reaching a spot, get down from the ladder and move it rather than climbing too high or leaning out.
• When you are done for the day, clean up carefully and thoroughly. If rags have alkyd paint or thinner on them, leave them to dry outside to avoid any chance of spontaneous combustion. Choose an area inaccessible to children and pets, and when they are thoroughly dry, take them to a toxic-waste dump site.
If you need to remove old or damaged paint before you start painting be careful always test for lead in homes built before the 1980s. If you require paint stripping solutions there are safe alternatives to hazardous chemical paint strippers. EcoSolve Americas has water based solvent free paint removal options that can reduce the hazards of paint stripping. Chemical paint strippers have toxins that can be easily breathed in and absorbed through the skin causing burns and severe reactions. EcoSolve products are fume free and will not burn your skin. EcoSolve recommends Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover for all your indoor paint removal needs to have a safe DIY project every time. For more info on Home Strip and other safe options from EcoSolve please visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/