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Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Col. I live in Perth and I have a passion for construction. I am pretty useless when it comes to construction work so I tend to leave it to the experts. However, I find that there is nothing more pleasing than seeing a team of construction workers complete a job. Over the years, I have hired many different types of construction worker and they have all taken the time to chat with me. During these conversations, I have learnt so pretty interesting things which I will be exploring on this blog. Enjoy!

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When should you move out of your home while it is being painted?

Ethan Burton

If you are in either of the two situations described below, you should consider moving out of your home while it is being painted.

Your asthma has worsened as of late

Many asthmatics find that they go through phases where their asthma worsens. Things such as enduring a period of extreme stress, getting the 'flu and having to take certain medications (like ibuprofen) can all affect the severity of this health condition. If as a result of one of the aforementioned issues, your asthma has become a lot worse lately, you should stay away from your property while the painters are doing their work.

The reason for this is that if you have been suffering from multiple asthma attacks during the last few weeks or months, it is very likely that your airways are highly inflamed and irritated (as an asthma attack usually inflicts damage on the lungs). If you spend a lot of time inhaling paint fumes when your airways are already inflamed, these fumes could trigger further attacks.

You will then have to not only endure these frightening episodes but may also have to go to your doctor and ask them to increase the dosage of the medication you take to manage your condition. This higher dosage could, in turn, increase your risk of experiencing a lot of the side-effects associated with your medication. As such, in this situation, it would be safer to simply stay elsewhere while your home is being worked on by the painters.

You have a newborn baby

If you have a newborn, it is best to stay somewhere else until the painters have finished painting your home. The reason for this is that a newborn baby's lungs are far smaller and weaker than an adult's and as such, are far more likely to be irritated if they inhale pungent paint fumes for more than a few hours at a time.

Due to their small size and weight, your baby is also likely to experience the other side-effects associated with excessive fume inhalation (such as nausea and headaches) far more quickly than you would. Whilst you could simply keep the windows wide open for the entirety of the decoration project, this could be a problem if it is very cold outside, as the low temperatures could make your baby more susceptible to hypothermia (newborns have a much higher chance of developing this condition than older children or adults).

Given this, it is probably best to find another place to live until after your home has been painted.


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