Prevent Lead Poising
Prevent Lead Poising to your family, guests, and pets. Lead poisoning isn’t a thing of the past. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that houses built before 1978, the year lead-based paint for home use was banned, likely still contain some lead-based paint.
Approximately 24 million housing units have deteriorated lead paint and elevated levels of lead-contaminated house dust. This should not be a topic of discussion to shy away from, nor should it ever be an issue to prevent potential buyers and sellers from completing a transaction. The topic can be used to ensure that the necessary steps that are available are being put into place. Our homes need to be a safe environment for everyone in our lives. Being aware of potential hazards from old practices prior to 1978, can provide that safe place that we expect in a home.
Here are some lead poisoning prevention tips.
1. Home renovations. Pregnant women and children should avoid being in houses built before 1978 that are being renovated. They also shouldn’t be involved in activities that disturb old paint or in cleaning up paint debris.
2. Water. Use only cold tap water for drinking, cooking, and for making baby formula. Hot water is more likely to contain higher lead levels.
3. Lead sources. Familiarize yourself with all the sources of lead poisoning, including artificial turf, toys, and folk medicine. Start by understanding when your home was originally built. If it was built prior to 1978, then you need to take an inventory of areas that could have potentially harmful lead based products. Maybe your home was built prior to 1978, but has since been renovated throughout and all lead based areas have been removed? A simple inventory of the dates items were installed will give you peace of mind and protect your family and friends.
by Elyse Umlauf
Adapted from a previous edition of The REsource newsletterrenovatedpaint