What Are the Special Issues for Apartment Dwellers When Painting?

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Vapors from paints are a special issue in apartment buildings because the vapor moves as “shared air” between units. Painters should be aware that harmful gases can move through common walls through gaps around pipes and electrical outlets. Apartment managers should consider giving advance notice to neighbors that a unit is to be painted. They should consider inspecting painted units to ensure that ventilation is maintained during painting and, as a rule of thumb, for at least 2 to 3 days afterwards, and they should consider loaning box fans to residents who are painting their apartments. Problems may be reduced if all apartments being painted, as well as neighboring apartments, are vented to the outdoors with box fans.

The above is an excerpt from the article, “Healthy Indoor Painting Practices” For more information, please visit www.epa.gov.

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