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Painting your home can be a fun and even family task. However, you need to keep in mind certain points regarding the use of materials and tools for accident prevention and safety of each of the members of your family.

Flammable and toxic paints and solvents

Based oil paints are flammable since they are usually dissolved in diluents derived from petroleum. Furthermore vapours given off when applied can be toxic and they can even be flammable when accumulated in large amount for long periods of time. Therefore you should take precautions when working with synthetic enamels, synthetic fund, varnishes, lacquers, plasticizers and even universal toners.

• Do not inhale the smell of paint directly from container.

• If you work indoors seeks to maintain good ventilation. Open doors and windows. You can place a fan in a window to throw the air out (blowing out).

• Take time to breathe fresh air.

• Suspend the task if you experience headaches, dizziness, eye burning or any other symptom.

• Do not smoke and remove all heat sources away from the area being painted.

• Make sure the paint does not contact the skin, if you do you immediately clean with some kind of mild solvent and wash hands with soap and water.

• Do not expose children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with respiratory problems to vapours and odours arising from painting.

• The diluents are absolutely flammable, be careful with the vapours these emanate.

• Always keep containers securely covered while not using them. Be careful not to spill.

• Try to buy only the paint you will use. If it spares and you want to keep it, do it carefully. Lid tightly and store in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children.

• If combustion with these types of materials is produced, use a fire CO2, dry chemical or sand to extinguish. Do not use water.

• Always read the package labels of paint before using them, do not think you know everything. There are a variety of paints, and even the same material may vary in the compounds of production and use over time.

• In case of ingestion of paint or solvent drink water abundantly, don’t induce vomiting and refer to a doctor urgently.

• If eyes are injured, wash them with plenty of water, if the burning and irritation persistconsult a specialist.

Dust resulting from sanding

The dust released from sanding walls and objects can be harmful to our lungs and airways if they are inhaled, therefore protect yourself with masks or air filters masks.

Paint removers

In case you need to remove paint, protect your hands with thick gloves, the material and the tools you may have to use, as sharp spatulas or steel wool, can cause deep cuts in the skin.Moreover, the chemicals of which the removers are made are highly toxic, avoid inhaling them and prefer to perform the work outside: if you can’t do so, keep the area ventilated.

Powdered paints

If you paint with aerosol paint or work with torches or any type of spray paints, don’t forget to use personal protection elements, goggles and mask or surgical mask.

Working at heights

Be careful on when working on ladders. Make sure to support them in a safe and steady place and never put a ladder behind doors or windows that could be opened. Use clean footwear when climbing ladders. Don’t lean it on fragile furniture or hold yourself on things hanging from the celling or the walls.

As you begin the task of painting walls; be careful not to spill and slop floors and furniture.

Before you get started

Remember to cover the floor with plastic, newspapers or tents. If possible remove the furniture in the area but if it cannot be done, place it in the centre of the room to uncover the walls. Then protect them carefully, first with a cloth (sheet, blanket, cloth) and then with plastic, to avoid scratching delicate furniture or appliances.

Close doors to avoid contaminating the rest of the rooms of the house, but leave windowsand doors leading to the outside open, to keep the room ventilated during the painting taskand while the paint dries.

Use packing tape to seal doors in furniture between door and frame so that dust does not enter inside. You can also place paper and ribbons to the chandeliers, ceiling fans and other objects that could spot with paint that cannot be removed. Use packing tape to coversockets that will not be painted, such as wood ones.

Order, order …

Above all, while working, keep order. Cover the paint you are not using, and put away thetools, buckets or trays as soon as you are done with themMake sure not to step on traces of paint.

If you spot a piece of furniture or the floor with paint, remove it as soon as possible with a damp cloth, if you are working with oil-based paint; moisten a clean and dry piece of cloth with a solvent such as paint thinner.

And last, but important advice, follow an order to paint: from top to bottom, left to right. First you will paint ceiling, then walls, baseboards, windows, doors…

Taking these few simple recommendations will help you always for good, making your painting activity of a pleasant experience.