If you own a house that was built before 1978 and did not undergo any major paint changes in a while, then it might be a possibility that your house may contain lead paint. Lead can be found in many things around the house, but paint is usually the main culprit. In this article, we’re going to give you a few of the hazards of lead, what the effects of lead poisoning are, and the steps you can take to protect you and your family from intoxication.
What are the Effects of Lead on the System
The list of symptoms associated with lead poisoning is extensive and can be very serious. One of the most frightening effects of lead-based paint is on human development and intelligence. Research has shown that IQ levels of children that are exposed to lead are lower than those of children who are not exposed. So, freeing your house of lead if you have children is essential if you care about their development. Lead is, in fact, much more harmful to fetuses and small children since their tissues are more sensitive and their bodies absorb lead more easily.
In addition to brain development, lead can have disastrous effects on the central nervous system, kidneys, and blood cells. They can also lead to behavioral issues in small children and cases of anemia.
What can you do to Reduce your Exposure
The first thing you should do is make sure that every area where your children play is always clean and free of dust. You should make sure that you mop and dust the area regularly to reduce any kind of residue. You should also make sure that you pay special attention to window ledges and any surface that might be chewable, such a crib, for instance, and clean them thoroughly; preferably with a cleaner made especially for lead.
You should also consider getting your house tested by an inspector with a ZOTA Lead Certification. They will usually use multiple samples of paint from around the house and also look for signs that someone may have ingested lead paint in your family. Some will use technology that doesn’t necessitate taking samples, but most of the time, samples are involved. Lead testing is affordable and the results will arrive quickly, so you should definitely consider getting your home tested if you think it may indeed have lead paint.
If you discover that there is lead in the paint, you should under no circumstances remove it yourself. Sanding or scraping lead paint can release it in the atmosphere, which can lead to poisoning. You should work with certified painters who have expertise in the area to remove the paint for you.
Lead paint is no small matter and having it present in your home can lead to serious consequences. So, if you think your house might be at risk, you should do everything in your power to have it tested and correct the situation immediately if you find out that your house is indeed contaminated.