Most people take house painting to be a fun activity. But just wait till you now have to do the actual work of interior painting. You find that there is a lot more to it than just taking a brush, dipping it in paint, and rolling on the walls.
House painting revitalizes the environment of a home and also helps to increase its longevity. It is, however, vital to note that as much fun as house painting can be, it can also be quite dangerous. Some of the equipment and other materials that are used to protect your home can be dangerous and hazardous to health if not handled properly.
Here are some five necessary measures that you can apply to keep you and the people around you safe while painting your home.
1. Keep safe from lead poisoning
Most of the paint used on houses is lead-based. And lead is a poisonous substance to humans and can cause a lot of health problems. Which is why the Department of Housing and Development in the U.S. (HUD), has developed a user-friendly guide on how to handle lead-based paint. Homeowners who intend to DIY paint their homes can follow these guidelines and avoid adding unnecessary medical bills in their budgets. The guide is free and available online for anyone to access.
2. Use safety equipment
When painting a home, it is also important to note that painting is just one bit of the whole process. Equipment and other tools are also available that you need to know how to use and handle. These tools and equipment are meant to make your paint job safer and easier. Some of the equipment and items include:
- Eye goggles, masks, or glasses to protect your face from any spattered chemicals
- Leather or cloth gloves to protect your skin when scraping and sanding
- Ear protection in case you are using noisy painting equipment
- Anti-dust masks to protect your lungs
3. Choosing the right paint
So, you have finally decided to DIY paint your home. This means that you have to do all the work. From choosing the right equipment to getting the right paint for the job. It is necessary that you have the right paint to apply on your wall and where to apply it. if you are not too careful, you may end up mixing paint brands which can create dangerous fumes which are hazardous to health. Overexposure to these fumes can cause irritation, nausea, and even headaches. There are three types of paint that you need to know about before you head out to get the paint. They include:
- Natural paints which have ingredients like oil, chalk, casein, and citrus
- Oil-based paints which are highly durable and are preferable for outdoors. They have a petrochemical base meaning they emit a lot of volatile organic compounds
- Latex paint which is water based. These types of paint have the least amount of VOC
4. General precautions
After ensuring that you have all the right gear and equipment for the job, you now need to ensure the safety of yourself and other people around you. You can do that by taking the following precautions:
- Don’t mix paint with food or drinks
- Use ladders safely
- Keep pregnant women away from the wet paint
- Keep children away from wet paint and equipment
- Keep heat sources away from painted areas
- Ensure the painted area has adequate ventilation before, during, and after painting
- Give painted areas between 1 and 3 days to dry