Many homes built before 1978 have lead based paint. Lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards. If you plan on renovations, repairs, or painting it is important to use a Certified Lead contractor to ensure your family’s safety. Recent rules have required additional training for contractors to keep their certifications.
The following are tips on How to Protect Your Family from lead in the home from a pamphlet published by the Environmental Protection Agency, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development:
If you think your home has lead-based paint:
- Don’t try to remove lead-based paint yourself.
- Always keep painted surfaces in good condition to minimize deterioration.
- Regularly clean floors, window sills, and other surfaces.
- Take precautions to avoid exposure to lead dust when remodeling.
- When renovating, repairing, or painting, hire only EPA- or state approved Lead-Safe certified renovation firms.
- Before buying, renting, or renovating your home have it checked for lead-based paint.
- Consult your health care provider about testing your child
Abbott Contracting is Lead-Safe certified and practices Dust Free Remodeling