How to Make Sure Your Home’s Attic is Safe

How to Make Sure Your Home's Attic is SafeIn most homes, the attic is an area to be avoided if you can. It’s typically dusty, hot, and seems to have an opportunity to get hurt waiting at every step. With some careful planning, however, you can make those necessary trips into the attic safer for everyone involved.

Attic safety centers around three dangers: injuries from falling, respiratory problems from the dust and insulation in the attic, and heat exhaustion from the high temps that are typical for an elevated space.

A key to good attic safety is planning ahead to minimize the dangers. Gather your tools before you start work so you are not having to climb up and down the ladder repeatedly. Use a bucket with a rope tied around the handle, a tool belt, or other methods to get your supplies up into the attic while leaving your hands free to climb.

Even if you just plan on being up there for a short time, take a minute to get a sturdy ladder if you don’t have a built-in access ladder. Using a chair or other furniture makes you much more likely to fall.

Most attics don’t have true flooring. You often find yourself walking or crawling across joists. If you slip between the joists, your leg—or your body—can go crashing through your ceiling. To avoid this danger, lay boards along your path and in the area where you will be working.

The dust and insulation found in most attics make breathing difficult for many people. A simple dust mask or a respirator can protect you from inhaling anything that might damage your lungs.

Heat is an important consideration for attic safety, too. Since heat rises and collects under your roof, your attic can be significantly hotter than other areas of your house. Staying hydrated can help you deal with the heat. If you’re in your attic for long periods of time, take rest breaks if you start to feel too hot.

For more ways to improve attic safety and other HVAC-related tips in the Middletown area, contact C.R. Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about attic safety and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482.

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