(NC) Painting a room can revive a space and be a fun home project,
but using chemicals in the home comes with potential health risks if it’s not done properly.
So, here are five tips from Health Canada to keep in mind before you choose your favourite colours:
- Pick a low-emission paint. When you open a can of paint, you’ll immediately notice a smell. Some of what you smell may be from substances called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Choose low emission paints when they are available to reduce exposure to VOCs, which can be harmful to your health.
- Choose and use paint wisely. Follow all safety and use instructions on the label. Be sure to use all personal safety equipment recommended on the label. Be aware that certain specialty paints are allowed to contain lead, a potentially dangerous substance, but they must have warnings and safe-use instructions on the product label.
- Paint in an open environment. Be sure to ventilate the room you’re painting. This helps to reduce your exposure to paint emissions, like VOCs. Make sure children and pets are kept away from the work area. If you’re pregnant, it’d be best to get someone else to paint for you.
- Store paint securely. Keep paint safely stored where children cannot see or reach it.
- Dispose of paint properly. Follow label directions or dispose of it through your municipality’s household hazardous waste disposal program.
Learn more about chemicals, pollutants and home safety at canada.ca/healthy-home.