Hot Asphalt Safety Checklist

Thinking of paving your driveway with hot asphalt?

For even the most dedicated do-it-yourselfer installing hot asphalt is a serious project with the potential for serious injuries if not take seriously. Prior to taking on a hot asphalt pavement project, take note where the nearest hospital in in the case of a major injury. Bringing a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher are also necessities in the event of a minor accident.

As always, the best safety measures are prevention. Prior to working with hot asphalt, workers need to be equipped with heavy gloves, a long-sleeved shirt or jacket, and eye protection such as goggles. Whenever a project includes an abundance of dust or flying rocks a respirator or breathing mask is also recommended.

Hot asphalt regularly exceeds 300 degrees. Hot asphalt cement burns are extremely dangerous and require immediate medical attention and placement into an ice bath.

For inexperienced do-it-yourselfers, working with hot asphalt might be a tall order. Rather than putting yourself or your friends or family at risk, consider contacting an experienced pavement company such as the experts at Irish Castle Asphalt Paving.

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