Po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous prod­ucts: care dur­ing ren­o­va­tion projects

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - METRO REGION -

1. Let the clean, fresh air in. Make sure there is plenty of ven­ti­la­tion dur­ing paint­ing or var­nish­ing projects, or when in­stalling any floor­ing us­ing glues or ad­he­sives. Un­der­stand what you’re us­ing. Whether it’s paint, caulk­ing or even win­dow cleaner, use chem­i­cal prod­ucts as di­rected. Fol­low all safety and us­age in­struc­tions on the la­bel, in­clud­ing how to dis­pose of any left­over prod­ucts. Be sure you use all per­sonal safety equip­ment rec­om­mended on the la­bel. Choose low-emis­sion prod­ucts when pos­si­ble. Paint or var­nish prod­ucts of­ten have a no­tice­able smell. The odour will con­tain volatile or­ganic com­pounds (VOCs). Some chem­i­cal prod­ucts that are la­belled as “low emis­sion” give off fewer VOCs. Look on the la­bel to see if the prod­uct is low 4. emis­sion.

Check for as­bestos. If you are plan­ning ren­o­va­tions and your home has build­ing ma­te­ri­als al­ready in­stalled that you think may con­tain as­bestos (like in­su­la­tion, ex­te­rior sid­ing, floor or ceil­ing tiles), con­tact a trained and qual­i­fied as­bestos abate­ment pro­fes­sional. They can test for and re­move as­bestos be­fore you be­gin. Never try to re­move build­ing ma­te­ri­als that may con­tain as­bestos your­self.

Keep chem­i­cals away from chil­dren. Keep all house­hold chem­i­cal prod­ucts safely stored where chil­dren can­not see or reach them.

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