Top 10 Safety Tips for Renovating the Home
Renovating the kitchen or dining room may sound as easy as pie but it’s essential to take appropriate safety precautions to stop an accident from happening.
A simple paint job or rewiring work can open up a whole can of worms if not carried out properly and when it comes to your health, you need to make sure the necessary steps are in place to be safe.
Don’t believe us? Just taking up your carpets can release loads of dust and micro-organisms into the air. This can be breathed in and cause damage to the lungs. So without further ado, here are 10 safety tips to keep you and your family safe.
Keep the air clean
When installing flooring, sanding the walls or plastering, it may include strong glues or adhesives. These can give off gas and cause dizziness and nausea. Try to keep the air in the room as clean as possible by opening all windows or using a fan. Alternatively, a natural way to get rid of fumes is with a bucket of water and a handful of lemons.
You need to try and protect the air that is being breathed in by covering furniture with plastic sheets, using disposable cloths and keeping a clean workspace by vacuuming at the end of the day.
If you can, try to renovate in the summer months and then most of the work can be done outside.
Be gas safety
Some gases, like carbon monoxide, you cannot smell so it’s vital that you hire a professional to look at all your gas/heating work.
Look after your furry friends
Pets can be a massive distraction. All it takes is for the dog or cat to get loose and that bucket of cement to be spilt. What’s more, the fumes/gases can be extremely hazardous on your pet’s health too and the disruption can cause unnecessary stress. Try to put them in a kennel at least whilst the renovation is taking place, or take them to a family member’s home.
Don’t try to be too adventurous
We wouldn’t advise you to knock down any walls, especially if you don’t know where all the wiring or pipes are. However, if you have to, make sure you find out if you need planning permission and that you comply with all building regulations. If modifications haven’t received permission or if you break the law, your renovation could be stopped.
Wear protective gear
When renovating, it’s essential that you protect yourself with goggles, face shields and gloves. If you are drilling or doing anything noisy, protect your hearing with ear plugs.
Will there be exposure to harmful materials like asbestos and lead? Make sure you have your house inspected before any work starts. Lead poisoning can cause kidney damage, osteoporosis, hearing impairment and cerebral palsy.
Keep your workspace organized
When renovating, it's easy for your area to become a mess. Try to reduce clutter in your workspace by keeping tools and materials off the floor or workbench. Designate bins for tool storage, labeled with a dymo label writer 400 turbo, and be sure that everything goes back where it belongs if not being used. Leaving tools out can be dangerous trip hazards.
As well as your pets, you need to think about your children’s safety. You can’t have tools just lying around or cables loose on the floor. Hazards like these can cause unpleasant trips to A&E so make sure all dangerous objects and chemical containers are out of reach.
If you can, wear protective clothing like gloves and coveralls so you don’t transfer anything onto your kids when you come into contact with them. Small children are prone to allergies and asthma and dust particles can affect their breathing.
It may sound unrealistic to ask your little ones to stay clear of the room being renovated, so if you can put a lock on the door, or they could stay with a relative for the time being.
Are you insured?
Before you do anything, enquire with your insurance company to check that everything is covered in case of damage or theft during the renovation period. After the project is completed, has the value of the home increased? If so, amend your policy.
Try to use eco-friendly materials
The best way you can stay safe is by using recyclable, green materials. Choose varnishes and cleaners that are as eco-friendly as possible and choose VOC free paints. So there you have 10 safety tips for a home renovation. Try to do all, if not some of these tips to keep you and your family safe.
This article was provided by safetywearworld. Safety Wear World has written numerous articles on home improvement, DIY and health and safety in the workplace.