Tips For Avoiding Irritation When You Work With Fiberglass Insulation

Posted on: 24 February 2017


If you notice that the snow on your roof melts quickly during the winter months, you're seeing an indicator that your attic may have insufficient insulation. Without enough insulation, heat from inside your home rises through the house, through the attic, and out through the roof. This is a costly problem — and one that is appropriate to deal with a timely manner. While you can hire a contractor to install extra insulation for you, such as Alaska Quality Insulators Inc, this is a straightforward job that you should be able to do yourself. Fiberglass insulation, however, can lead to a significant amount of skin irritation, given the small fibers. Here are some tips to follow before you begin working with this product.

Cover As Much Of Your Body As Possible

Touching fiberglass insulation to your skin can leave the affected area feeling itchy and generally unpleasant. To avoid this problem, it's important to cover as much of your exposed skin as possible. This means that you should wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. You should also wear gloves; if you don't have proper work gloves that provide you with enough dexterity to handle the fiberglass, something as simple as latex or vinyl gloves can be sufficient.

Protect Your Face From Irritation

You'll also want to protect your eyes, nose, and mouth so that the fiberglass fibers don't irritate these areas. You can do so with a variety of simple protective products that are available at your local home supply store. A pair of goggles are better than glasses, as the goggles press tightly to the skin around your eyes to keep the fiberglass fibers out. You should also invest in a respirator designed for this sort of usage — it will be marked on the package, so you'll know that you're buying the correct respirator. This device fits over your nose and mouth and is valuable at keeping the fibers from irritating you.

Care For Yourself Afterward

Once you've completed the job, it's generally a good idea to remove your clothing and have a shower. This will help to wash away and small fibers that may have landed on your skin in areas that you weren't able to cover, such as your cheeks or an arm after a sleeve got rolled up. You shouldn't put the same clothing back on afterward. Instead, shake each item vigorously outside and run it through a wash cycle in the washing machine.