Make Your Home Lead Safe

Living in a home full of craftsmanship and character is a joy for any homeowner. While remodeling an older home can be fun, it’s important to note that a majority of homes built prior to 1978 were most likely painted with lead based paint. Making sure your home is lead safe, is especially crucial if you have small children.

Lead is a very toxic substance that can lead to a number of health problems, especially in children 6 years of age and younger. Lead is particularly dangerous to children because their growing bodies absorb more lead than adults do and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead. Even low levels of lead in the blood of children can result in behavior and learning problems like lower IQ and hyperactivity, slowed growth, hearing problems and anemia.

The most important step parents, doctors, and others can take is to prevent lead exposure before it occurs.

Lead can be found in all parts of our environment including the air, the soil, and the water. Lead has been used in a wide variety of products found in and around our homes, including paint, ceramics, pipes and plumbing materials, solders, gasoline, batteries, ammunition, and cosmetics.

Originally, lead paint was used for its quick drying time, resistance to moisture and depth of color.It wasn’t until 1974 that household dust emerged as a possible pathway for lead exposure. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning. After comprehensive epidemiological studies were done, the federal government banned the uses of lead based paint. Why is lead based paint still a problem today? Lead paint is still present in millions of homes throughout the United States. Sometimes, lead paint can be hidden under multiple layers of newer paint. If the newer paint is still in good shape, the lead paint is typically not an issue. However, if there are any areas of paint that are damaged, peeling, chipping, cracking, or damp, these are issues that require immediate action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Determine if your family is at risk for lead poisoning with this Lead Poisoning Home Checklist provided by the EPA. Simple steps like keeping your home clean and well-maintained will go a long way in preventing lead exposure.

Make Your Home Lead Safe:

Prevent Lead Exposure:

Check Your Home on a Regular Basis:

Moving or Renovating:


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