Lead is thankfully no longer used to paint the exterior or interior of homes today. Many houses in the United States, however, still bear the dangerous substance on its walls. In the face of a renovation, repair, or repainting project, here’s what you should know about the risk of lead paint.
Chance of Lead Paint in U.S. Homes
The United States officially banned using lead-based paint for houses in 1978. Even so, houses built before 1940 have a much higher likelihood of containing lead than homes constructed between 1960 and 1977, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In general, if your home is at least 40 years old, there is a chance that the exterior or interior walls contain lead paint.
Dangers of Lead Paint
Lead is an especially dangerous element with effects that are as serious as those of mold exposure. Ingesting this metal can lead to nausea, permanent brain damage (and so learning disabilities), anemia, hearing loss, coma, and death. In general, once it gets into the human body, it can spread and damage the body’s organs, tissues, and blood cells.
Who Are Most at Risk?
Young children and pregnant women are most at risk for lead poisoning. Young children can tend to touch things and then put their hands in their mouths, or simply put various objects in their mouths. If walls and railings are surfaces your child might go for, be careful to keep him safe! Regardless, children of 6 years or younger and expecting mothers both are more susceptible to poisoning from lead paint or lead dust due to the fragility of development.
What to Do About Lead Paint
While lead is on the walls, it does not necessarily pose an active threat. However, if the paint is peeling, chipping, or cracking, its dust will fly into the air. As mentioned earlier, lead dust will be most active during a home renovation, repair, or even repainting. If you suspect that your home might contain lead paint, you can test for it. If the test is positive, hire a professional team to deal with the dust safely and thoroughly. They will suit up themselves and seal off the room if needed to prevent the lead from hurting them or the rest of the house. For more information, contact Air Quality Remediation today.
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