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Back to Basics: General Safety Tips



Painting can be exciting, but sometimes we can get so caught up in our current projects that we overlook some of the most common paint-related dangers. That’s why we’re here to get you up to speed with a brief overview of some potential hazards that might come about. The more you know, the better, because your safety is our number one concern! If you have any questions about this blog or other safety-related inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us, your local Houston Painting Company for more information, because you should never second guess or ignore a possible danger!

The first thing you should be aware of when beginning a painting project is ventilation. By making sure your windows and doors are open, you create a proper draft throughout your work area which can limit the amount of toxins in the air. If you are using a solvent-based paint it is crucial that you use a solvent-respirator, as well as goggles and airtight solvent-resistant gloves. Solvent-based paints and related products can offer hazards to your health (especially to children, pregnant women, and pets), so it’s imperative to be aware of their proper usage and storage. All paints, but especially solvent-based paint, should be kept in a cool and dry area. It’s important to keep them far away from any open flames due to their highly flammable state. Gloves, goggles, and dust masks are also essential if you plan on sanding anything to avoid injury and irritations. It’s better to be over prepared rather than risk the possibility of permanent bodily damage, so always make sure to stock up on the proper protective gear!

Another commonly overlooked hazard may be right under your nose—the step ladder. Before you take that first step, you should always begin by properly inspecting the ladder. If it wobbles or seems unstable do not use it. It’s also important to scan the floor and make sure the area around the ladder is clear of debris. When erecting, its legs should only be touching solid level ground. Make sure there is no oil, grease, or slick substances on the steps before engaging and be sure to wear the appropriate close-toed shoes with a maximum grip. If you feel the ladder cannot support your weight, slowly get down immediately. Once in use, do not climb past the final top three steps and never lean or over reach beyond the ladder rails. Simply get down and move the ladder. It’s better to take your time and be safe than to be subject to injury. If your desired painting area is too high up, consider buying or renting a taller ladder, this would greatly reduce any accidents from occurring.

We hope these tips have been helpful, but please remember, this has just been a general guideline to help you understand a few potential paint related hazards in your home. Keep in mind, they are but a footnote compared to the expertise of your local Houston Painting Services. Always consult them first before undertaking ANY of these endeavors. Never second guess, ask an expert!