Insulation Safety Tips

A home’s insulation is vital for both comfort and energy efficiency. Properly installed insulation in ceilings, walls and floors helps keep warm and cool air inside your home. It is also important to know how to install insulation safely.

Be mindful of protective gear and clothing such as a work helmet or hard hat, safety glasses, and a dust mask. It is also a good idea to cover yourself with long sleeve shirts, pants, and gloves to protect your skin. Be sure to wash your hands after handling insulation and wash clothes separately from other clothing. Additional safety concerns are utility knives for cutting insulation. Make sure these are retractable or sheathed so that the blade is not exposed while not being used. Other required tools may include a tape measure, stapling tool, putty knife, screwdriver, and caulk.

Safety both before and after installation should always be considered. Avoid placing insulation close to heat-producing devices such as furnaces and light fixtures. Also, avoid insulation over attic vents. Moisture control should also be considered. Ensure that the vapor barrier is placed toward the living space to prevent moisture from accumulating, which may cause rotting.

If you are unsure about how to properly install insulation, contact a qualified insulation contractor. Make sure you locate a reputable contractor and obtain an estimate from at least three contractors. Research the contractors work through references and contact BrightRidge for recommended r-value insulation levels. Carefully examine any contractual agreements with regards to warranties and other details.