This article is about respirators, you know… the gas mask looking devices you see in the movies. Well, I figured if you are going to be dealing with some of your own property restoration projects you should at least be aware of how to protect yourself.
The use of respirators is obviously not needed on the majority of projects, but if you are dealing with a water damage loss containing contaminated water, a fire damage project, or a mould remediation then you should definitely consider picking up a respirator from your local hardware shop.
There are three basic types of respirators:
I think we can all agree that both you and your family’s safety is most important when considering taking on a property restoration project. However this is one aspect that is largely overlooked by the amateur restorer.
So before you start your project you should assess the situation and think of what safety gear you may need; more commonly referred to as PPE (personal protective equipment).
Every different restoration project will have a different set of PPE that should be considered. For example a simple drywall and painting project may require only minimum PPE such as a dust mask and eye protection, but more involved property restoration projects such as a Category-3 water damage loss would require you equip a much more serious set of PPE.
Some examples of PPE include: