Video:Painting Safety Tipswith Debbie Anderson
A fun painting project shouldn't turn into a trip to the emergency room. Learn what safety measures you should take when you set out to paint your home.See Transcript
Transcript:Painting Safety TipsHi, I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com Home. Painting can be a lot of fun. However, you do have to keep safety in mind. So today I'm going to go over some basic safety tips to make sure that your fun painting project doesn't turn into a trip to the emergency room.
Painting Safety With LaddersWhen using any type of ladder, always make sure that the ladder's safety mechanisms lock into place prior to use. Second, double check that the ladder is securely positioned on even and stable ground to prevent tipping and instability while in use.
Finally, when using a ladder, always remember to only climb up the ladder to the recommended rung for that particular ladder, and no further. Should you loose your balance during the project, this prevention step will keep you on the ladder instead of falling to the floor.
Paint Fume SafetyPaint product fumes can become very strong without realizing it during a long paint project. Wear a respirator mask if you find it difficult to breath around the paint fumes. For indoor projects, always remember to open a window or turn on a fan to create a well-ventilated area before starting the project.
Protect Your Body From PaintFinally, before exposing your skin to any paint products, remember to put on your vinyl gloves to prevent rash irritations.
Painter's goggles are also highly recommended for any paint project where the paint has the potential to drop in your eye. If you do get paint in your eye during the project immediately wash out your eye with cool water for at least 10-minutes and then seek medical attention.
Finally, to prevent getting paint in your hair, consider wearing a hat!
And there you have it! A few more tips for your next paint project. Thank you for watching. To learn more, please visit us on the Web at homegarden.about.com.
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