You might think you have all the supplies needed to improve attic insulation, but have you considered the importance of protective clothing and safety gear to face the batts in the attic? If you’re installing insulation yourself as a do-it-yourself project, here’s a checklist for a safe, successful job well done.
Protective clothing and safety gear
- Wear cotton gloves and a long-sleeved shirt to protect your hands and arms from irritating insulation materials.
- Wear long pants and tall socks to protect your legs and ankles from the irritating debris.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing that helps prevent rubbing fiberglass or rock wool debris into your skin.
- Tie your hair back if necessary and wear a cap or bandana to help keep insulation particles and dust out of your hair. Consider even wearing a hard hat for protection against protruding nails.
- Put on a paper surgical mask to protect your nose and lungs from the fibers in the air.
- Wear plastic eye goggles that fit snugly against your face to protect your eyes.
- Put on knee pads to prevent bruising your knees if you know you will complete part of the installation kneeling down.
- Wear boots or shoes with nonslip soles.
Other safety tips for installing batts in the attic
- Bring a droplight instead of a flashlight so both your hands are free.
- Install insulation during the fall or winter since that’s when it finally cools off in Fort Worth and Arlington. A cool day makes your job much easier.
- Move as many materials as possible into the attic before you begin the project to avoid unnecessary trips up and down.
- Never smoke while installing insulation. Some types of insulation are flammable. Plus, your face should be covered with a surgical mask to protect your lungs from the debris.
To learn more about facing those batts in the attic, please contact AirRite Air Conditioning Company today. We have served the Fort Worth/Arlington area since 1955.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about attic batts and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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