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Do I Need to Worry About Lead Poisoning in my old Home?

Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP, Board Certified Pediatrician
January 3, 2019 . 1 min read

Lead can be found in old homes that were painted before 1978, as well as old pipes that were lined or soldered with lead. Consider having your home inspected by an official lead inspector to determine if your home is safe.

To keep your home free of contaminated paint chips and dust, be sure to clean all surfaces frequently with water and a cleaning solution. Never use a vacuum to clean up the chips or dust because they could be spread through the exhaust hole and into the air.

Often, children are exposed to toxic levels of lead during home renovations. The sanding and scraping of paint can produce large amounts of lead-contaminated dust, putting children at risk if they eat or inhale the tiny particles. If you live in an old home that is being renovated, be sure to take all necessary precautions to protect your child. You may want to consider hiring a company that specializes in lead-safe work practices.

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