Stay safe during your home remodeling

The cost of a home renovation might be stressful enough, but don’t let this disregard any safety precautions you should take. As you prepare for a home improvement project, make sure you are taking the following precautions to ensure a smooth and stress-free project. The Chubb Group of Insurance Companies has prepared some tips to prevent any safety hazards while renovating your home:

  • To avoid potential fire, do not ball up, pile, stack or fold wiping cloths, rags, drop cloths, steel wool or work clothes that come into contact with solvents such as wood stain, Linseed oil, alkyd enamel resins, motor fuel, and oil-based paint and other products. Do not toss these items into a trashcan or plastic bucket. Instead, immerse them in water in a metal container with an airtight lid. After they are saturated, fully air dry the items by laying them flat on a non-combustible surface and then contact the local solid waste authority regarding safe disposal.

  • Store paints, solvents and other flammable liquids that are not in use in a cabinet that complies with NFPA 30: Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code.

  • Mount portable fire extinguishers in accessible areas throughout the worksite and on each level of the home.

  • Remove scrap lumber, sawdust, cardboard containers and other highly combustible debris from the construction site every day.

  • Do not allow smoking on the property, or restrict smoking to safe areas and ensure proper cigarette disposal. After workers leave for the day, watch for fires that can be ignited by smoldering materials left in wall cavities after torch use.

Have you been dreaming about home renovations since you moved in? Finance these home improvements with a home equity loan or line of credit from Travis Credit Union. These improvements can add value back into your home while keeping your savings intact. Visit our website to learn if a Home Equity Loan is right for you.

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