Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Starts October 23rd 2016 -- Are Your Kids at Risk?
The Philadelphia Inquirer posted a story on October 2nd about the dangers of lead paint in homes built before 1978. Kevin Brasler, for Delaware Valley Consumers' Checkbook warns that if you're planning to renovate an older house, you need to make certain that the contractor you choose is lead-safe certified, since renovations can easily stir up harmful lead paint dust. Contractors who are lead-safe certified will use special work practices to contain and clean up any lead paint dust caused by demolition and construction. In 2008, the EPA issued the Renovation, Repair and Repainting Rule that requires contractors working in pre-1978 homes to be lead-safe certified, but that doesn't mean that a less reputable contractor won't try to bypass the law, especially since most homeowners aren't even aware that it exists.
Companies obtain certification by applying to the EPA (or an authorized state agency) and having their workers or supervisor take a course on safe work practices in homes or businesses containing lead paint. Even small projects are covered by the law which applies to landlords who renovate rentals as well as to contractors.
October 23-29, 2016 is Lead Poisoning Prevention Week -- a great time to evaluate the risks in your own home, especially if you have kids. Have your children tested (kids from 1-6 are most at risk), and if they test positive, hire a certified professional to check your home. A risk assessment, conducted by a certified inspector, will find the sources of lead contamination and recommend ways to eliminate them. The service is not cheap, but it's imperative to eliminate continued exposure as quickly as possible.
And if you're interviewing prospective contractors for renovations, ask them to show proof of their lead safe certification. Make sure their contract contains a statement assuring that they'll follow EPA regulations for containing the work area. The health of your family depends on it!
So what's the takeaway? How can we protect children from the dangers of lead-based paint?
The lead paint needs to be taken care of, but it's best to talk to a trained professional before making any DIY decisions.
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