In the past, lead paints were used which emitted toxic fumes and were very detrimental and lethal to our health. However, the newer paints that have been created don’t use lead, dry off quickly, provide more smooth finishing, and are less lethal. But, they still don’t rule out the fact that they are harmful to our health as well.
Many people believe that spray paints are lethal to your health when dry. They are not. When they are totally dry, they don’t transfer toxic chemicals to you. You can easily touch them. However, it would be a different case if you ingest the paint. Ingesting paint would not only make you suffer from some GIT problems but you may also suffer from the possibility of getting brain damage or cancer.
How To Escape From The Long-Term Effects Of the Spray Paint Toxins?
There are many ways in which you can effectively reduce your toxin exposure and save yourself from some serious respiratory diseases.
- The first method is painting in a location that is exposed to the outside air. For example backyards etc. An area that has good ventilation will prevent the fumes from accumulating in a particular area and hence prevent you from inhaling most of it. It is found that if the paint is applied safely and accurately, then only 1% of toxins would be absorbed by our lungs.
- If you are by chance painting indoors then the best way to keep the house fully ventilated is to open all the windows. The airflow will make the paint dry quickly.
- You can also invest in an air purifier. This filters the toxic air and provides you with depolluted and purified air to breathe.
- Lastly, always paint in hot and dry weather so that your paint would dry up quickly!