Painting Safety Precautions By Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley 6/1/2017 Summer is the perfect time to brush up on painting projects in your home. While paint can beautify a room, it can also be harmful to your health. Stay safe while painting this summer with the following tips: Test for lead with a lead-testing kit - especially if your home was built before 1978. Wear a respirator, and open windows and doors to ventilate the room. Wear protective gloves and clothing. Cover all exposed outlets with painter's tape. Inspect your ladder's integrity before use, if applicable. Make sure to always have at least three body parts in contact with the ladder at all times. Store paint by replacing the lid firmly and storing the can upside down to block air entry. Thanks for reading.