Need to update your bathroom with new fixtures? Dreading of making a mess with your drill? Want to reduce your cleanup time?
Dust is everywhere, all the time. But during a remodeling project, it’s particularly abundant — and potentially hazardous.
“Construction can produce inhalable respirable particles that are regulated pollutants; they’re unhealthful, so it’s entirely appropriate to do some kind of mitigation when doing construction activities,” says Brett Singer, an indoor air quality scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Do you know enough about dust?
What is dust?
The Health Effects of dusT
The type and size of a dust particle determines how toxic the dust is. However, the possible harm the dust may cause to your health is mostly determined by the amount of dust present in the air and how long you have been exposed to it.
Dust particles small enough to be inhaled may cause:
People with heart or lung diseases, children, and older adults are the most likely to be affected by particle pollution exposure.
A simple trick to keep dust contained for home projects
When drilling a hole in the wall or in the ceiling, things can get a little bit messy. Instead of worrying about trying to pick up all the dust that falls everywhere (your hair, the floor or even your eyes), stop it in its tracks with this simple trick courtesy of Lead Carpenter Jeremiah Kossow.
Here are 4 easy steps to prevent spreading dust everywhere when drilling:
Jeremiah explains and demonstrates his trick in a simple Facebook video you can watch HERE.
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