Any remodeling project no matters its size has potential danger to the person doing the repair work, the occupants of the building being remodeled, including pets as well as neighbors. Home remodeling involves many activities which may range from pulling out old wooden floors, sanding, and repainting of walls, repairing damaged ceilings and many other involving tasks. All of the processes involved in remodeling your home have some risks such as toxins from paint or other chemicals, tiny debris flying in air, dust and exposed sharp objects like nails. Safety should, therefore, be mandatory whether you are on a do-it-yourself project or using the services of a remodeling expert. It is best to keep the following tips in mind before you get down to action.
Block the work site
No one should go to the work site unless they are involved. You can use cardboards to block the area being worked on to prevent intrusion from curious children or pets. Areas with exposed sharp objects may cause severe bruises. Objects like timber or tools may fall on curious intruders and cause serious accidents. Tarps can also be used to contain foreign objects and contaminants from spreading into other rooms from the workspace. For instance, sanding produces tiny particles that can easily spread to safer areas.
It is advisable to turn off your air conditioning system when sanding to prevent the spread of the dust particles into the air. Wetting the paint before sanding may, however, minimize the spread of dry paint particles. If you are working with paint or varnish, it would be essential to keep the room ventilated to dissipate the toxins.
Keep kids safe and contain pets
An area under remodeling is not a playground for kids neither is it safe for pets. Kids may knock over your paint or ruin work that you had dedicated your effort the whole day and return you back to square one.
Have someone responsible to watch over your kids when remodeling your home and go the extra mile of explaining to them why the area is not safe for their health. That way, they will take precautionary measures and avoid the work area.
If you also have pets like dogs or cats in your family, it would be best to keep them in a room away from the area being reconstructed and have someone watch over them so that they don’t slip out.
Pets may lick chemicals or nibble on construction materials. This is not only an additional cost when it comes to the replacement of the destroyed material but some substances like adhesives may be dangerous for pets and even kids when ingested.
Know your tools and use them right
Home remodeling involves the use of different tools which may include saws, hammers, drills, mallets among others. Some tools may be manually operated while others may require some form of power to activate them. Each tool should be used for its right purpose to get a good finish and prevent accidents. Consider hiring lifting equipment if you are going to be moving heavy objects like wooden planks or concrete slabs, or better still hire a professional remodeling company as they have the right tools and skills for the job. It’s advisable to leave tools and equipment that you are not familiar with to home remodeling experts.
Wear protective gear
Safety is key for any successful home improvement project. Before you get down to reconstruction work, ensure that have sufficient and standard protective gear. These should include helmet, protective goggles to shield your eyes from flying debris especially when sawing, overall, rubber or leather gloves, depending on the reconstruction work as well as boots with steel toe-fronts to protect your toes from any heavy object that may drop on your feet.
Consider expert help
Home remodeling may sometimes expose you to chemicals that are not safe when ingested. Dangerous chemicals may come from asbestos or lead used in old paint and can easily find their way in air, soil or water system. These chemicals may eventually be ingested and pose serious health threats to people, animals, and plants. Though a home kit may help test and identify some hazardous substances, professional testing will always be crucial if you are not sure about the kind of material you are handling. Home kits are essential, but they may not be very accurate.
Finally, don’t push yourself too hard to finish your project. This may exhaust you and risk you to causing accidents. Take breaks or leave all the remodeling work to a team of remodeling experts to save you the energy and time.