Attic Saftey

November 24, 2020

Between the Christmas decorations, furry squatters, and creaky floors, the attic can be a scary place. Even if you don’t make yourself paranoid with a good horror flick about ghosts creeping around up there, the attic can make any homeowner nervous. 

So, what do you do when you have to open the ceiling hatch and go inside? Well, you’ll have to eventually since most attics host some part of your HVAC system.
Here are some helpful tips you can use to keep you safe and confident when going into the attic:

  • First, has it been a while since you used your attic stairs? If so, make sure it’s safe to climb. Pull-down steps can weaken over time, so make sure they can take all your weight before you take that first step. 
  • The floor is lava! Not really, but that pink stuff around the attic shouldn’t be stepped on. While walking around an attic that’s not floored, you should always stick to the walkways. Stepping on the insulation is a quick way of dropping down into your living room below. 
  • Safety gear is a must! You don’t need much, but a hard hat and gloves are a great start. Unfurnished attics can have low beams and exposed nails that will snag you. It might be a good idea to grab a flashlight on your way too so you can spot the dangers before it’s too late. 
  • Make sure to mask up. Insulation looks like cotton candy but it’s not sweet. There’s a good chance your attic is filled with insulation particles that can damage your lungs if breathed in. 
  • Whether it’s winter or summer, you should be prepared for extreme temperatures. In the summer your attic will retain heat and without air circulation, it can be extremely suffocating. During the winter months, the temperature can drop dramatically. Either way, make sure you have dressed accordingly, bring some water, and have a helper on standby just in case.  

Finally, if you decide the attic is not where you want to be, then contact your trusted, local, HVAC contractor. We will get your Heater and Air Conditioner working and keep it working. If you would like to make an appointment, call (405) 305-5734 today.

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