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Taking care of pets during home improvement projects

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cat in reno projectKeeping pets safe during home improvement projects is a concern of many DIY'ers. Especially when your project spans a few days and takes up some of the household space that pets typically use. When I think of problems between pets and projects I imagine cat prints in pain or dogs underfoot. The challenges of home improvement projects with pets are far more serious. Pets can become seriously ill or even die from some of the chemicals, tool and other toxins that are revealed while working on these projects.

According to Tom Kraeutler, AOL Home Improvement Editor, in his article Home Improvement Safety For Pets, there are seven project items to be cautious about.

  1. Paints
  2. Tools and supplies
  3. Solvents
  4. Glue
  5. Concrete
  6. Mold
  7. Lead

The article discusses these in more depth, hazards range from items we use to build or clean, to toxins that may be uncovered while making changes. He continues to cover other more common household items that threaten pets and makes recommendations for dealing with each.

Ultimately, with careful planning, diligent clean-up and a good understanding of potential hazards, your project should go smoothly and pets stay healthy.




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