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Thursday, March 13, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-15 SPECIAL ADVERTISING FEATURE Caution necessary when painting indoors Few people think of potential safe- It also helps to reread labels once you do not intend to keep, contact Skilled professionals might be the best answer While the do-it.yourself approach can be fun and rewarding, you might decide the job calls for a pro. ty hazards when planning to paint the interiors of their homes. Though every home improve- ment project can lead to injury if safety measures are not taken seri- ously, painting is widely considered a project where do-it-yourselfers are at minimal risk of injury. But in ad- dition to the injury risks associated with climbing up and down ladders to paint ceilings or out-of-reach corners, there are some health and safety con- cerns that painters must consider be- fore beginning their projects. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the majority of paints contain chemicals that evapo- rate in the air, and these chemicals can adversely affect human health. Problems associated with chemicals found in some paints include eye and throat or lung irritation, headaches, dizziness, and vision trouble. Professional painters exposed to paint vapors over long periods can develop problems with their nervous systems, liver and kidneys, and some chemicals found in paint have been linked to elevated cancer risk. Though painting is often an en- joyable home improvement project, painters still must take the follow- ing precautions to ensure their safety when painting the interior of their homes. Read product labels carefully. Paints vary considerably with regard to how hazardous they can potential- ly be, so it's best to read paint can la- bels thoroughly regardless of how ex- perienced you are at painting. Labels provide safety instructions specific to that particular paint, including sug- gestions to reduce hazards and advice on what to do should users develop any adverse health effects. the painting project has been com- pleted. Labels often include instruc- tions on how to clean or discard prod- ucts and tools after use, as well as suggestions on where to store paints or other products used during the project that may be flammable. Paint during the right time of year. Exposure to chemicals found in paint can be reduced considerably if you paint during the right time of year. Spring and fall make ideal seasons to paint, as the weather out- side during these seasons is typically pleasant, allowing painters to open all of the windows without making conditions inside the home unfavor- able. Open all of the windows and doors. While it's especially important to open all of the windows and the door in the room where you are painting, it's even better to open as many windows and doors throughout the home, making sure to push curtains and blinds back to let the fresh air pour in. Keeping all win- dows and doors (use screen doors if you are worried about animals or insects entering the home) open promotes ventilation throughout the home, allowing for constant air- flow that will usher any potentially harmfifl chemicals out of your home. If necessary, place a box fan within a window frame to promote cross- ventilation. Never turn on the air conditioner as a substitute for fans and open windows, as that will not be pushing any air out of the home. Seal paint cans tightly once the project has been completed. At the end of the project, you may or may not have leftover paint. If you have a small amount of paint left over that your local government to determine the best way to dispose of the paint. You also can do this if you have emp- ty paint cans but are uncertain if they can be discarded with normal house- hold trash and recycling. If you have a substantial amount of paint left, be sure the lid is closed as tightly as possible, as vapors can leak through poorly sealed containers, putting the health of residents at risk. Once again, read the label to determine the best place to store leftover paint. Painting is widely considered a fun home improvement project. Butif certain safety measures are not taken when painting the interior of a home, these projects can put the health of residents at risk. D&J HOME SERVICES Landscaping Seasonal Chores 1-3 yd. Deliveries Excavation & Grading Construction Cleanup & DebrisRemoval General Contractor,, Licensed & Bonded Contractor #DJHOMJH916U "Big or Small" ONE CALL DOES IT ALL Cell (360) 280-9189 24 hour emergency service Dan Brock-Owner r-- C-.,