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CONCRETE FOR BEGINNERS: DEALING WITH EMERGENCIES

Expanding your creative potential using cement doesn’t come without risks. It’s important to remember to protect yourself from the substance. Here are a few safety guidelines to consider while working with concrete.

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Handled carefully, cement is mostly a harmless substance. With that said however, once the light grey powder is mixed with water, it assumes a pH level of 12. This makes it more acidic than bleach, and it could lead to severe burns if it comes into contact with one’s skin and eyes. This is a quick guide to help you keep little emergencies from turning into big ones, but should in no way take precedence over the advice of a certified medical professional.

Emergencies Guide

In Case of Inhalation

Always wear a dust mask to prevent the material getting into your airways. Should you or someone else inhale it accidentally, it’s best to move somewhere with a lot of fresh air. If your throat feels uncomfortable or becomes inflamed, contact a doctor immediately.

In Case of Eye Exposure

Avoid having your eyes exposed to cement while working with it by wearing safety goggles with side shields. The caustic nature of wet cement will likely make your eyes burn, so wash them out with lots of water. As an extra precaution, consult a medical professional.

In Case of Contact with Skin

The acid characteristics of cement once mixed with water can dry out your skin or cause mild irritation. Wash exposed skin with pH-neutral soap or a mild detergent.

In Case of Ingestion

It’s not advisable to eat in places where there’s lots of cement. Ingesting the substance may cause damage or irritation to your digestive faculties. If you feel discomfort, it’s best to drink lots of water and seek medical assistance.

Download Our Dealing with Emergencies Guide

Although you’ve read our tips, it’s sometimes difficult to know what to do when disaster strikes. Download our Dealing with Emergencies Guide (PDF) and pin it up somewhere in plain sight, so if anything goes wrong the next time you get mixing, you’ll know exactly what to do.

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