Tips for Safe Painting in Your Home and Environment

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

When painting indoors at home, there are a few things that we should keep in mind regarding a safe environment and our health. Today, we are going to discuss a few tips that we can use to enhance a safe environment while painting.

Whether you are hiring a professional contractor or painting your home yourself, we should all keep in mind of the types of paint that you will be using.  Generally, we want to seek low or zero level VOC (volatile organic compounds) safe paints.  Excess exposure to high levels of VOC in our home or environment can lead to damages in our nervous system, kidney, and liver.  Low odor paints are also good. However, be aware that some paints are labeled no odor, but have have high VOC levels.

Before painting, we want to have all our materials set and ready to go.  Be sure to have all your safety gear, such as goggles and gloves, and also your painting materials! Use masking tape to separate a line between paint surfaces. Be sure to read all the directions on the paint cans.  If you are scraping off old paint, be sure to test the surface of the paint for lead.  Lead exposure can be very dangerous and harmful to the body, as well as our environment.

While painting at home, be sure to keep the environment well ventilated and filtered.  This can be achieved by opening a window or using a cross ventilation.  Turn off air conditioners as they do not filter the air inside the room.  Make sure pregnant women and children stay away from the paint.  Keep all the lids on the paint can when they are not in use.  Watch out for warning signs on oil based cans, such as flammable or combustible warnings.  These warnings will help you to set restrictions such as no smoking or removal of flame sources in the house.  

After painting, continue to keep the painted area well ventilated. People, with breathing problems, and pregnant women should not come into contact with the painted environment for at least 2-3 days. Vapors can still be released from the dry paint.

Follow these tips and it can be guaranteed that you will have a safe painting experience.

Here is a list of low or zero VOC paints:

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