Remodeling with Safety in Mind article

Article written by Larry Abbott, Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, Lead Safe Certified Firm which appeared on Nov 8, 2016 on

The most important and often overlooked aspect of remodeling is the care and safety of your home throughout the duration of the project. For good reason, many homeowners are fearful of having workmen in their homes who are not properly trained to prevent mess, disruption, and dust.

There are many hazards that may be encountered when remodeling a home’s interior and exterior. Lead exposure, toxic dust, and noxious fumes are just a few examples of serious hazards that are not visible to the naked or untrained eye. Other hazards include sharp tools, heavy equipment, and exposed nails which can injure your family, pets, neighbors, or passersby.

When planning to remodel your home, have a discussion with your remodeler about your safety concerns. Ask your contractor to walk you through their safety procedures in detail to ensure they have adequate plans in place. Depending on the size and scope of your project, you can decide whether you should leave the home or stay in a safe area of your home during the remodel.

Many homes built before 1978 contain lead-based paint. Lead from paint chips and dust can pose serious health hazards. If you plan on renovations, repairs, or painting it is important to use a Certified Lead contractor to ensure your family’s safety. Recent rules have required additional training for contractors to maintain their certifications, ensuring they are up to date.

When you choose a remodeler, be sure to check whether they follow cleanliness and safety procedures. When your project is completed you will have confidence and peace of mind that your newly remodeled home is a clean, safe environment.