OH&S Tips For Installing Insulation

Installing insulation in Melbourne can be a relatively easy task if you know what you’re doing. But knowing how it all goes in is only one part of the installation. The other part is the safety. It’s important to ensure you don’t injure yourself, as some parts of the installation can be a bit tricky. That’s why in today’s blog, we’re going to go through some helpful tips on how to safely install insulation yourself.


Protective gear

The first thing you should look at before you install your insulation is the appropriate apparel and protective gear. Even though a lot of insulation nowadays doesn’t irritate skin, it is still advised that you wear a long-sleeved top and pants to protect your skin. Thick safety gloves are a must as well.

Insulation – both loose and batts – will release fibres that will affect you in various ways. Safety goggles should be worn to protect your eyes from these fibres, as well as the dust. Most importantly, however, is the fact that you should wear a mask. This will stop you from inadvertently inhaling fibres and dust. Sturdy, close-toed footwear should also be worn.


Cutting the insulation

There is a certain finesse that comes with the art of cutting insulation. It’s not as simple as just using large scissors or a knife. You won’t always have to cut up your insulation – as the size you’ve purchased may already fit the wall cavity you’re planning to install it into – but there may be sections that need to be fitted with oddly-shaped insulation.

The correct way to cut our insulation batts is to use a utility knife. Some types of insulation will be easier to cut than others – such as glasswool insulation – which is quite easy to cut with a sharp utility knife.


Turn off your electricity

Before you begin the installation, ensure your electricity is completely switched off from the mains box. This is to ensure no accidents happen. If you have downlights in your ceiling, you should also ensure you do not install insulation too close to them, as they can be serious fire hazards. The minimum clearance for halogen downlights should be 20cm in every direction from the globe as well as a 5cm gap for transformers.

Make sure that your electrical wiring is appropriately sized as you don’t want it to be squashed by the insulation in the wall. This could result in the wires over-heating and become a potential fire hazard. Insulation with reflective foil is another possible fire hazard. If you’re working with insulation that has reflective foil, then you should keep it far away from electrical wiring and power outlets as the foil acts as a conductor.


Work in a well-lit space

Be sure you’re in a well-lit area when installing insulation. This will probably mean using portable floodlights that run off batteries. This especially applies for when you’re installing ceiling insulation, as it can get quite dark up there. For ceiling insulation, it can get quite hot when the sun is out, so it’s advised to commence installation as early in the day as possible to avoid getting caught in the heat. That being said, when installing wall insulation, it is advised that you work during the day to get the most out of the natural light.


Never work on your own

If you can, it’s wise to have at least one other person working with you when you’re installing insulation, especially in the roof. Not only will having others on the team speed up the process and make it a whole lot easier – but it is also to ensure that if something does go wrong, you’ll have someone there to help you.


Are you looking for some insulation in Melbourne?

Insulation is crucial to your home, so you’re going to want to make sure you pick the best type. Insulation Essentials is a Melbourne-based insulation company that is perfect for all of your insulation needs. We stock a variety of products with varying R-values and specialise in glasswool insulation. Our knowledgeable staff will be able to assist you with any queries you may have when it comes to insulation in Melbourne and help you make the right choice for your home.

If you’re looking to purchase some insulation in Melbourne – or would like to know more about the installation process – then please give us a call on 03 8339 7111 or fill out the form on our website.