5 Guidelines for Healthy Indoor Painting

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  1. Try to schedule painting for dry periods in the fall or spring, when windows are more easily left open for ventilation.
  2. Keep windows wide-open, as weather permits, for about 2 to 3 days after painting to avoid unwanted exposure to paint vapors (and to return to acceptable indoor air quality).
  3. Use window-mounted box fans to exhaust vapors from the work area. Make sure they cannot fall out of the window. If fans cannot be used, make sure that rooms being painted have adequate cross-ventilation.
  4. Provide advance notice to neighbors in adjacent units that painting is to begin.
  5. Take frequent fresh air breaks while painting. Avoid freshly painted rooms for 2 to 3 days, whenever possible. Keep young children and individuals with breathing problems from freshly painted rooms. Leave painted areas if you experience eye watering, headaches, dizziness, or breathing problems.
The above is an excerpt from the article, “Healthy Indoor Painting Practices” For more information, please visit www.epa.gov.

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