Do you know about the dangers of lead paint?
Before the dangers of lead were known, it was a common ingredient in cosmetics and paint, used as a pigment and to increase durability. In 1978, the use of lead paint was banned in the U.S. once the hazardous effects were brought to light. Even today, millions of homes, schools, and businesses still have lead-based paint on their walls, inside and out. Even though it’s not sold today, are you aware of the dangers of lead paint?
If the paint is in good condition and has been painted over, it usually doesn’t pose a problem. However, if the paint is peeling or has been disturbed by scraping, sanding, or burning, it can pose significant health risks to adults, children, and pets.
Lead enters the bloodstream through ingestion of contaminated dust, swallowing paint chips, or breathing in fumes from sanding or torching.
Common symptoms include:
- Hearing issues
- Trouble with digestion
- Reproductive problems
- Difficulties in pregnancy
- Loss of memory or concentration
Are you living with lead paint? If your house contains lead paint but isn’t peeling or chipping, use these tips to keep your family safe:
- Have your children tested for lead.
- Keep floors and woodwork clean. Sponge the woodwork and vacuum around the house daily.
- Wash children’s hands, toys, and bottles regularly.
- Prevent children from playing with chipped paint.
- Remove the lead paint!
When looking to remove lead paint and repaint the walls, allow your house painters in Calabasas to take care of your needs. Contact Precision Painting to take care of your home painting needs, serving the communities of Los Angeles, Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, Ventura, and neighboring cities in California.