5 Home Remodeling Safety Tips

5 Home Remodeling Safety Tips

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Your upcoming home remodeling work will take place with you and your family remaining in the home. This option may be the most cost effective approach to improving your home, saving you money on a lengthy hotel stay or a short-term rental that can drive up the cost of your renovation project. But, staying at home can also expose your family and pets to hazards, dangers that can be averted by keeping in mind the following safety tips.

1. Keep young children and pets safe. Pre-teens and older children are wise enough to avoid the many hazards found in a home that is under construction. Not so with toddlers and young school-aged children that may find a can of paint or a blow torch too easy to resist. The same can be said for some pets that are inquisitive. If possible, completely separate the area under construction from the rest of your house, with a separate entrance making it easier to keep kids and pets safe.

2. Put everything in its place. Where does it belong and is it in its place? That is the question you will need to work out with your contractor to ensure that a clear delineation is made between work and living areas. A tarp can separate the two areas or even a temporary wall. This may be critically important to you if your main living quarters and the work area are shoulder to shoulder.

3. Clean as you go. Make it clear to your contractor that the work area needs to cleaned up at the end of each day. Nails should be placed in bins, tools should be secured and scraps should be tossed. Note that something as simple as wood shavings can sicken a child or a young pet if ingested.

4. One, two, three ventilate. If your contractor is working with glue, paint or any other noxious substance, you do not want that smell to overwhelm the rest of your home. Your home should be adequately ventilated and that may mean installing temporary ventilation to ensure the adequate dispersal of fumes. Work with your contractor to find a sensible solution for your home including blocking off certain vents that are shared between work and living areas.

5. Keep it secure. Your home’s work area may be entirely separate from the rest of your home, but what about from outside? A home that is under construction can catch the eye of mischief makers, drawing unwanted attention. Work areas should be locked down when the day is done to keep thieves and vagabonds away. Construction equipment should be moved out of sight as well.

Safety Considerations

Contact your homeowners insurance company to ensure that your home is adequately protected while construction is in progress. Your insurance agent can advise you about contractor insurance and discuss options, such as a rider or an umbrella policy to protect you. When the project is complete, contact your insurer again to update your coverage.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".