House Painting Safety Tips

Every homeowner must remember simple painting safety tips before, during and after every painting project. This ensures that you and your family will be safe and secure as you paint your home beautiful. And while all paint are made to be easily applied, it is still important to exercise caution in every painting project that you do. Here are some important painting safety tips to remember.

  1. Remind all members of the family and guests that you will be painting and to avoid the area of the home where you will be working on. If possible, choose a day when you can send everyone away just to keep the project safe.
  2. Pets that stay indoors like birds and caged animals must be removed from the room where you are going to work on.
  3. When painting indoors, open windows, doors and exhaust fans. You may even want to rent an exhaust system for areas of the home that do not have enough windows or ventilation, like basements, attics, etc.
  4. Wear safety clothing at all times. Use goggles, gloves, aprons or smocks or wear a face mask, especially when you are using solvent-based paints and sanding surfaces to prep for the project. Goggles and face masks will also protect you from inhaling strong solvents, cleaning chemical compounds and paint strippers. If possible, mix paints and prepare solvents outside.
  5. Protect floors with a canvas or drop cloths instead of plastic. Cloth and canvas will stay in place while plastic may be slippery when stepped on.
  6. Never smoke while you paint or while using paint strippers or thinners. Paint and thinners may catch fire easily as well as other items that you are using like old rags with paint, drop cloths, brushes, rollers and more.
  7. When using ladders to reach ceilings, check for the sturdiness of the ladder before you use it. All four legs of the ladder must rest on the ground equally or if you must work on unstable ground, use a piece of wood or metal sheathing to balance the ladder. Ask someone to help you steady the ladder as you climb; remember to apply the cross breaks in place before you take the first step.

Use a utility shelf or paint holder on top of the ladder. Do not step on the utility shelf at any time. Read for the ladders maximum allowable weight or weigh restrictions before you use them.

  1. When using brushes to apply paint make sure that you apply paint on an even stroke to prevent spills and drips. Drips may cause accidents as someone may step on them eventually.
  2. Mix paint according to manufacturer’s instructions. Read all information about the paint type that you are going to use beforehand.
  3. After painting, a thorough cleanup is needed. Dispose all soiled rag, trays and empty paint cans properly. Experts suggest drying all soiled rags completely before throwing them away to prevent spontaneous combustion in waste dumps.
  4. Store unused paint, thinners and paint strippers in a cool and dry cabinet; secure the cabinet doors safely.
  5. Clear the area completely and allow paint to completely dry before moving furniture back in as well as allowing traffic and pets in. Keep windows open and exhaust fans on for several hours to help dry paint faster.

A paint contractor is the next best thing that you can ever ask for when planning on a painting project. But of course, safety must still be enforced even when you are hiring help. If you live in Auckland, you can hire us to take care all safety precautions.

We are happy to provide the most efficient, practical and safest painting solutions to fit any homeowner’s budget. We are also equipped with the latest and the safest painting materials and paint to use for any area of your home. We’re very particular about the safety and security of your home and family.