Spring is a good time to work in the attic in our region, before the hottest days of summer arrive. Whether you’re planning a DIY project, or you’re hiring someone to do the work for you, conditions should be as safe and secure as you can make them. Following are some valuable tips on attic safety.
Have your work plan all figured out before you start your project. Assemble everything you need and think about how you’ll transport it up to the attic, where you’ll place it so it’s within easy access, how you’ll arrange extension cords and the like. A little bit of organization will minimize the number of trips you make up and down the ladder.
Wear Protective Clothing and a Mask
Even though it’s likely to be warm in the attic, it’s a good idea to wear lightweight, long-sleeved clothing and long pants to minimize exposure to irritating insulation and other hazards. Also wear some kind of cap (if you’re OK with a hard hat, fine, but not everyone can work in them) and perhaps a hoodie to keep from stabbing yourself on protruding pieces of metal. At minimum, wear a dust mask; depending on the type of work you’re doing, you may need a respirator. Safety glasses or goggles are also suggested to protect your eyes.
Watch Your Step
It’s easy to step off trusses and joists and go through the ceiling, so place plywood boards around the attic to walk on. That way you’ll also minimize chances of stepping on wires, pipes or ductwork.
Bring Auxiliary Lighting
It’s great if you’ve installed a light in the attic, but even so, bring a flashlight or work light to shine in corners or behind stored items.
Use a Fan
Vacuum as much dust as you can, and if it won’t interfere with your project, run a portable fan to keep cool. Even on a moderate day, attic temperatures can be punishing.
If you’d like to know more about attic safety, contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating.