No matter if you are doing a big or small renovation, you need to make safety your number one priority. If you don’t, everyone involved has the potential to be injured or worse. Some common safety precautions include wearing safety glasses if there is the potential to get debris in your eyes and wearing a mask if there is any sanding happening. But those are just the tip of the iceberg and there are many more things you need to think about then doing a renovation project. Since safety is so important to us, our team here at Orange Contracting has put together some tips to keep in mind when remodeling.
Come Up with A Plan
When you come up with your master plan, this is where you get the opportunity to look it over and pinpoint when and where there could be potential hazards that require safety measures. For instance, if you are taking out a wall there is most likely going to be electrical wiring there vs. if you are painting once everything is done.
You need a good plan to make sure everything gets done when it needs to. This is the very first step required in any renovation. Without a plan, there is no clear order of things to get done. With your plan, pick apart every step to plan for hazards and what safety measures you will require.
It’s imperative to have proper ventilation for every renovation project. There is guaranteed to be things like dust, fumes, and other airborne particles that fly around the remodel area (and beyond) no matter how hard you try to contain it. Breathing in all these different particles can be bad for your health. In order to keep this under control and the air safely breathable, you have a couple different options to pick from. If you are performing your renovation between the spring and fall, make sure to have every window open and get a fan that you point out a door or window to help push the particles outside. For winter renovations, set up a ventilation system to get the air outside.
Make Sure Children & Pets Keep Away
Don’t mistake a small project as completely safe, there are many things that have the potential to be extremely hazardous for kids and pets alike. The most common hazards are sharp objects or something poisonous. It seems like kids and pets have a knack for locating everything they shouldn’t and end up cutting themselves or eating things that are dangerous. To make things easier on yourself and relieve some unnecessary stress, plan to renovate when you can give the kids and pets to their grandparents for a bit in order to keep them away from all these dangers. Don’t let your kids help you, with even the smallest task, unless they are of adequate age to know how to be safe in that environment.
High-Quality Materials & Tools
A lot of people like to try and save money by using cheaper products and tools. But when it comes to a renovation, you don’t want to use subpar anything. Cheap tools can easily break and depending on what the tool is, can seriously injure you when it happens. The same rule applies for materials, if they aren’t hardy enough, they can break and hurt someone.
This last and final step in the remodel process is extremely important. This is the time where you can make sure everything is picked up and completely safe for the rest of the family to start utilizing. Look for things like dust, toxic chemicals, tools, and other objects that no longer need to be there. If not cleaned up properly, your children or pets could find something and hurt themselves. Thoroughly clean from top to bottom before allowing anyone access to the newly remodeled area.
How Our Renovation Experts Can Help
Ensuring you and everyone else involved in the remodeling process is safe is a top propriety. That is why our team here at Orange Contracting makes sure everything is done right and safely the first time. If you are doing a home renovation in Newmarket, make sure to contact us today at (416) 817-2590!