What is Lead?
Lead is a naturally occurring element found on the earth, though it has its benefits it very harmful to humans especially children and may lead to health defects.
Where is Lead Found?
Lead could appear in more places then you would expect including soil, air, water and inside our own homes. Most of the lead we come in contact with is produced by humans themselves. We use lead for a variety of products including paint, gasoline and batteries, just to name a few.
Why Is Lead Harmful?
lead can be harmful to both humans and animals. The ones who are most at risk are children because their immune systems are not yet developed enough to protect themselves from the dangerous effects of lead. The effects of lead in children can range from behavioral problems to anemia and in some causes lead to coma or death. Lead can also have an immediate effect on pregnant woman causing premature birth and birth defects. To find out more information on the effects of lead click here.
Lead Safe Certified Renovator
The best way to learn how to protect yourself from the dangers of lead would be to become a lead safe certified renovator. Becoming lead certified requires individuals to complete an 8-hour initial RRP lead safety course provided by an EPA accredited training provider. If you are already a certified renovator and are looking to re-certify, online EPA RRP refresher courses are available.
How to prevent the exposure of lead
although preventing lead exposure completely may be nearly impossible their are steps you can take to minimize the amount of lead in your home.
- Any water damage you may encounter should be dealt with immediately
- Periodically dust and clean your home ( utilize micro-fiber cleaning cloth )
- avoid using hot tap water to prepare food and drinks
- replace or clean water outlets used for drinking
- Avoid paint deterioration by maintaining painted surfaces
- Inspect all painted surfaces
- Hire a lead safe certified renovator or lead inspector