Keeping your Kids and Pets Safe When House Painting

Embarking on your house painting job can be an exhilarating experience as you go about transforming your personal space into one that resonates with you and your loved ones. While house painting can be a fun project, there are certain precautions you need to take to ensure the safety and well being of your family, especially if you have little children and pets in your home. While choosing the final colours and textures for your house painting is arguably the fun part, before you get started, here’s a few things to keep in mind as you go along. 

Prepare well

While house painting isn’t a very stressful project to undertake, there are a few things you can do to make sure your home is a safe and secure environment as the house painting experts go about their business. Small children and pets are both vulnerable to easy stressors especially when there are people around they are not familiar with. Children tend to get cranky in the presence of new people as their innate survival instincts kick in giving rise to temper tantrums that can get quite disruptive. If you have hired a house painting team and they’re going over the details of the job with you, the last thing you want is a wailing infant, distracting you from the task at hand. It’s usually a good idea to plan ahead and make sure your children are someplace else when the work is being done. Whether it’s day care or a family or friends place, make sure you’ve prepared everything beforehand so that your children are at a safe distance from the area where the work is being done. Domesticated animals and pets are often triggered by similar stressors of unfamiliar people in their space. Territorial by nature, these animals tend to get quite stressed out if someone they don’t know is moving around and making noise in what they consider their territory, sometimes leading to unpredictable behaviour. To avoid any unwanted outbursts by your beloved pets, it’s a good idea to ensure you’ve planned for them to be at a safe distance from the action as well. If you don’t have the luxury of checking your pets temporarily into a reliable animal shelter, try sweet-talking your friends or family members to see if they can take care of them while the house painting is getting done. 

Be Vigilant

Another important consideration for your children and pets during your house painting job is the possibility of harmful effects from leftover fumes of the paint. While innovation in paint technology over the years has resulted in the harmful effects of toxins from paint being drastically diminished, you still want to ensure your children and pets are well taken care of when the house painting begins. While it’s a good idea to have the space cleared completely while the house painting job is underway, keeping the children and pets away from the house while the paint dries up is also a good practice to follow. While the paint used for house painting work is safe enough to be around generally, it is still made up of a mixture of chemicals which as the paint dries, turn into vapours which could be potentially irritants to the more sensitive recipients, even with minimal exposure. There are certain technicalities that come into play when dealing with house paint and the associated chemical that constitute the mixture, so it’s usually a good idea to do your research into the kind of paint you’d like to go ahead with as there are a wide variety of options on the market for you. In case you don’t have the time to get into the nitty gritties of the makeup of paint, make sure you hire experts who can guide and recommend materials for you based on your specific home setup and environment needs. 

Clean it up

Your house painting job can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days depending upon the complexity of the project you are undertaking. If the work you are getting done is spread over a few days, it will serve you well to make sure that the surrounding areas remain baby/child and pet proof for the entire duration. When house painting work is underway, there’s usually a lot of raw materials and equipment that is used to increase productivity and efficiency in the process. Often, these items can be small in size and are potential choking hazards for your pets. As the work progresses, at the end of every day you need to make sure that the area where the house painting is currently being done is free and clear. Ensure the team you have hired is trained to clean up after themselves and have secured any potentially harmful items or materials once they are done for the day. As mentioned before, once the house painting work is finally completed, make sure it receives enough ventilation and recovery time so that your children and pets can return to a completely safe space, all spruced up and ready to create joyful memories. 

If you’re still left wondering how you will tackle the finer considerations in your house painting project, look no further than AapkaPainter’s team of experts. Whether it’s advice on the right kind of paint or the standard operating procedures for safety that we follow, Aapkapainter will ensure your house painting project runs smoothly and completely stress free.