Protecting Children From Lead Paint

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Lead paint and lead paint dust are the most common ways that children are exposed to lead. Though lead-based paint was outlawed in 1978, many homes built before that still have lead-based paint inside or outside. In fact, 24 million homes in the United States still have lead paint inside and children live in more than 4 million of these homes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If your home was built before 1978, it's wise to take steps to have any areas with lead-based paint removed or repaired so your children aren't exposed. If you suspect that your child has been exposed, seek medical attention because the effects of lead poisoning cannot be reversed.

The Dangers of Lead

There is no safe level of lead for children. Even small amounts of lead can cause problems in children. Exposure to lead can cause behavior problems and hyperactivity in children. Children might also experience learning problems in the classroom. Lead exposure has also been linked to lower IQs. Lead exposure can cause growth delays, hearing problems and the development of anemia, a condition marked by low blood levels of iron. Though extremely rare, lead exposure can cause seizures, comas, and death. Children are more susceptible to the effects of lead because their bodies absorb more lead than adults' do.

Methods for Lead Paint Abatement

Removing lead paint is one lead abatement procedure. This isn't always feasible, however, so there are alternate ways of dealing with contaminated paint. Paint stabilization, for example, is done by repairing or removing areas of paint that are chipping or otherwise damaged and then painting over the entire surface with a new coat of paint. This is particularly important if you have a small child who might be tempted to chew or nibble on walls or other surfaces painted with lead-based paint. A similar procedure is done to protect children from dust that can be formed when lead-based paint is chipping or flaking off the wall.

Lead Paint Might Be On More Than the Walls

In addition to repairing and repainting areas on the walls, you'll also need to consider other surfaces in your home. Windowsills, doors, door frames, stairs, railings, banisters, as well as outdoor surfaces, such as decks and porches, might also be painted with lead-based paint.

Don't Take Care of Lead-Based Paint On Your Own

Don't attempt to remove or abate lead-based paint on your own. Hire a professional like Colfax Corporation so the task is done correctly and accurately. If the lead-based paint is still in place, but the areas have been repaired, take good care of your newly painted surfaces. Keeping the painted surfaces in good condition will reduce the risk that the lead-based paint underneath will make it's way into your home.

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