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Does your renovation include structures built before 1978?

If so, you and your family may be at risk for LEAD POISONING. The most common cause of lead exposure for children, is lead-based paint and dust or soil that has been contaminated by it.  This risk increases if the building dates before 1978.  Toys and jewelry made in other countries have also been linked to lead poisoning and even death. 

The symptoms of lead poisoning may be overlooked because they can mimic other conditions.  When lead levels are severe, symptoms may include fatigue, headaches and intestinal distress.  Children with chronic lead poisoning may exhibit lower intelligence, weakness in hands and feet, headaches even seizures or paralysis.  In adults, behavioral changes my include irritability, mood and personality changes, changes in sleep habits, difficulty concentrating and memory loss. 

KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE.  Ordinary renovation and maintenance activities in older structures can create dust that contains lead––even small amounts of lead can harm children and adults.  Research has shown that the most common source of lead exposure for children today is deteriorated lead-based paint in older housing and contaminated lead-based paint dust. Because children’s developing bodies and nervous systems are particularly susceptible to poisoning from lead-based paint, it is especially important that renovation, repair and painting work be performed in a way that minimizes exposure to lead-based paint dust.

There are new federal regulations that must be followed in order to protect children from lead-based paint hazards that can result from this type of work. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule (RRP). The rule requires contractors involved in renovation, repair and painting in homes or businesses built before 1978 to be certified and follow specific lead-safe work practices to minimize exposure to lead-based paint dust.

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As a Certified Lead Renovator, A. Leigh Construction is dedicated to keeping your family safe during remodeling and repair projects.  If you have questions about the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule’s requirements or lead poisoning prevention in general, please read Renovate Right or contact the National Lead Information Center at 800-424-LEAD. Lead Safe Contractors.