Lead Paint Regulation Affects Remodeling of Homes Built Prior To 1978

In 2010, a federal regulation was enacted which strictly states new guidelines for the renovation or painting of houses built earlier than 1978. If you plan on disturbing a section of wall greater than 6 square feet in schools, child care facilities, or homes that predate 1978, they must first be tested for the presence of lead paint.

If lead paint is found in the building, remodeling or painting must be carried out by certified contractors trained in strategies for preventing lead contamination. Exposure to lead paint is especially hazardous to infants, children, and pregnant women. However, exposure can only occur if the lead paint is disturbed. Sanding, wall reconstruction, and cutting can all disturb the paint, sending lead particles and chips into the air.

Studies have found a variety of side effects linked to lead poisoning, including behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and a diminished IQ in children. Pregnant women run the same risks as any exposure they receive is transferred directly to the unborn fetus. And while the effects are not so numerous in other age populations, lead poisoning has been found to cause hypertension and high blood pressure in adults and the elderly.

If you live in a home built prior to 1978, whether you plan on renovating it or not, here are some tips for reducing the risk of lead paint exposure to you and your household:

·         Wipe down floors, counters, and window sills as needed to reduce dust accumulation

·         Wash children’s hands, utensils, pacifiers, toys, etc. frequently

·         Clean up or have repaired all cracked paint or paint chips

And of course, if you’re renovating, talk to your contractors about other precautions you might take to make sure your family stays healthy and safe.

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Source: http://www.longisland.com/articles/01-18-13/homeowner-how-to-lead-paint-safety.html


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