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DIY Guide for Water Damage. Part 3, Personal protective equipment

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Personal protective equipment

As already discussed, protecting yourself from healthy health and safety threats in your environment is crucial to completing your cleanup project successfully. Nothing is more important than your health and safety.

Types of Respiratory Protection | CDC

Respiratory system

You must wear a respirator to Medicaid your risk of breathing in toxins and allergens such as mold and lead dust. Your respirator might be made of one of these options

● N95 or N100 mask for non-construction, short term exposure

● Half face negative air respirator (most widely used)

● Powered air-purifying respirator (for professionals working regularly in this environment)

Read the Instructions

Remember to read the instructions on the personal protective equipment that you use. A common mistake is to simply put it on and begin wearing it without reading the package and instructions for crucial safety and Effectiveness information. A respirator not worn properly is like not wearing one at all.


Waterproof, cut-resistant, heavy-grade gloves are a must. Also, always remember to wash your hands and face to limit how much mold and dust particles get into your body while eating, drinking, putting on sunscreen, or smoking a cigarette.


A full-face shield, safety glasses with a side shield, goggles, or other protective lenses may be needed in certain situations. It is advisable to wear a hat with a brim to protect the eyes from falling dust, and smart to keep eyewash solution in your emergency first-aid kit in case particles land in the eye.


Keep your headcover to protect it from toxic particles in the air. Also wear a hard hat if the danger of falling debris is present.

Feet. Work boots are required and should have a steel shank, toe, and insole. Never wear tennis shoes or sneakers because they will not prevent foot punctures, Crush injuries, or insect and rodent bites at the worksite.

Protect Your Loved Ones

Mold spores and Lead dust remain toxic even if they hitch a ride on your outfit. Disposable coveralls and boot covers are designed to stop the spread of dust and Airborne toxins and germs. Use them if at all possible. If you must use reusable protective clothing, follow the manufacturer's guidelines on how to clean them effectively to remove mold or other potential hazards. Wash your non-disposable clothes in hot water and detergent separately. Do not make sure we're close in with the clothes used by the rest of your family.

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