Working in the attic can present challenges. If your attic isn’t a finished space, it’s most likely hot, dusty and loaded with potential hazards. You’ll be a step ahead if you make a plan in advance of a major attic project to minimize the challenges and make it more comfortable and safer for you or the technician who has to work there. Here are some helpful hints to improve attic safety.
Make a Plan
The first step with any attic project is to get organized so you minimize the number of trips up and down the ladder, pull-down stairs or the staircase. Assemble your tools and materials. Plan how you can lay out planks around the attic so you can avoid walking on exposed joists and possibly stepping through the ceiling or on insulation, pipes, wires or ductwork.
Among your tools, include a good flashlight or work light. Even if you have an overhead light, you should have auxiliary lighting so you can see in corners or around obstacles.
Move boxes and other stored items out of the way or out of the attic.
Clean Up the Dust
You’ll make working conditions a lot less challenging if you vacuum dust before you start your project.
Even on a mild day, temperatures in the attic can mount to a dangerous level. Wear loose clothing that breathes and, if your project allows it, turn on a portable fan to cool off.
Minimize Exposures to Hazards
Protect your skin by wearing a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Wear goggles or safety glasses and dust mask or a respirator with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter. Be mindful of loose wires and electrical connections, stored chemicals and protrusions such as nails or sharp metal that might cut someone. And while you may not want to wear a hard hat, a cap can help keep debris out of your eyes and provide a bit of protection to your head.
For more advice on attic safety, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We have served Grand Traverse County for more than 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about attic safety and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.
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