It is important you take no chances and therefore make sure that the kitchen area is a safe place to work in during your upgrading phrase.
It is therefore necessary to build your kitchen according to the local codes. Therefore, familiarize yourself with the local building codes in your country. Here is a link for the building code in Trinidad and Tobago and the building code in the US.
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Other safety tips are:
- Make sure the work area is large and wide open as possible.
- Make sure you have the necessary tools, toolboxes, plus materials and placed in a designated work area with enough space (most contractors prefer this are outside but close to the kitchen area).
- Saws and chop saws should be covered when not in use.
- Protect floors during work to keep them in good condition. You can sweep and vacuum often, avoid dropping heavy objects onto the floor, and cover the floor with an old carpet or sheets of 1/4 in plywood or paneling.
- Some plants may be trampled on and you may need to cover them or transplant them.
- Protect pets by placing them in a secure area away from the noise and movement of the workers.
- Rent a dumpster to collect debris, or rend a small hauler or truck to carry the debris to the landfill. The load should be secured and covered in transit.
- Locate the dumpster near a door or have it pile near the kitchen door or window to shorten the handling efforts.
- Ensure that every one is using their safety equipment during any demolition, such as shoes with hard tops and hard soles; safety glasses or googles, earplugs/earmuffs; dust masks; respirators if working with finishes or solvents; and GFCI outlets.
- Make sure tools are in good condition.
- Make sure the is a good light source.
- Ensure the availability of tough leather gloves for workers. Make sure you have a first-aid kit and a fire extinguisher.
- Install children safety gates at kitchen entrances and keep them from wandering into the kitchen area.
These are safety tips you should take into consideration to make sure the work is done with the least interruption and prevent some major accidents that could happen during the project.