Safeguard your San Francisco
home using decorative paint
Paint is used both for decorative and
preservative purposes. But applied in the right places and in
the right colors, it can help reduce accidents in your San
Francisco home by serving as a danger signal and making
hazardous areas more visible.
Stripes are the best way to mark the top
and bottom steps of basement stairs, using orange and black or
black and white. First, paint the entire step the lighter
color. When the paint has thoroughly dried, put on masking tape
in the striped pattern and paint the exposed area black. The
tape should not be stripped off until the paint his
If one thinks that such a pattern will
detract from the appearance of a finished basement or playroom,
then he should paint the bottom step in a contrasting color
that fits in with the general scheme and still highlights the
Walls of dark, enclosed stairwells
throughout the house should be painted white, ivory or yellow-
the colors with the highest reflective power-and should be well
illuminated. Dabbing the light switches with luminescent paint
for easy location is also a good idea.
Where there are small children or elderly
members of the household, it's wise to draw attention to all
thresholds by applying floor enamel in a color to contrast with
the surrounding floor colors. Garage doors that slide forward
and up into the roof of the garage are head-bumpers. A bright
hue painted along the bottom edge of the door will be a
constant reminder of the hazard involved.
A driveway in the suburbs or country that
is not lighted can be outlined by rocks painted with white or
fluorescent paints. Gates and posts marking entranceway's can
be indicated in the same manner.
Where there are low pipes that might
spell trouble, they can be painted yellow, which has the
highest visibility. And industry has learned that painting dark
corners white tends to reduce the habit at tossing rags, papers
and other litter into those corners.
Red should indicate where the home fire
extinguisher is kept. Fuse boxes should be painted with light
color or luminescent.
About The Author: James York is a painting and
remodeling enthusiast. His website at http://www.sanFranciscopainters.info
offers simple yet practical ideas to help you with
your redecorating and painting
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