Lead is considered a specialist material and was widely used in construction dating back to the 1970s. However, it’s since been linked to a serious health condition called lead poisoning.
Although you can’t always avoid contact with lead, there are things you can do to limit your chances of becoming ill.
If you’re concerned about lead around your property, you need to understand how to identify lead and deal with its presence.
Below, we will tell you what measures to take when protecting your family from lead poisoning.
What Is Lead Poisoning?
For humans, lead is a very damaging poison. It is a toxic metal that when poisoning someone can lead to death. The actual poisoning appears as lead is building up inside the body.
You can find lead in several parts of a home, like lead-based paints, which were very common years ago.
Lead can also be found in contaminated dust, art supplies, and gasoline products with lead that were not properly disposed of.
The problem with lead poisoning is that it happens over a long period of time, sometimes years. It does lead to severe physical and mental impairment, with children being the most vulnerable.
Children can end up with lead inside their bodies as they try to nibble on objects that contain lead. It is enough to touch lead and then put their hands inside their mouth.
The reason why lead is so harmful for children is that the child’s nervous system and brain is still developing.
Remember that while doctors can treat lead poisoning, the damage caused cannot be fixed or reversed.
An Old Home
Lead was used in the majority of paint up until 1978, which is when the federal government banned its commercial usage.
Therefore, if your home was built before 1978, there’s a good chance there will be lead contaminants. Even if your house has been repainted, traces of lead may be present underneath.
When lead paint begins to deteriorate, it releases particles and can become harmful.
For best practices, you should hire a professional. To understand what to look for, this blog post on how to identify lead contamination in your home will be useful.
If you’re not planning to change the walls, you should keep them dust-free to avoid lead particle dispersion. However, doing so does not guarantee that you will be safe.
Dust with lead in it can always be released and can reach humans and pets in several ways.
The soil in your yard can be contaminated by lead from your property or the use of lead-based fuel in old cars.
If there’s lead in the soil, you should avoid growing vegetables and monitor your children playing outside.
To ensure your family stays safe outside, check outside for flaking and deteriorating paint on the outside of your home.
Further, you can plant bushes over suspected contaminated soil to keep your children away.
Getting the soil checked out is something you have to do with very single old home. Even if there are no signs of lead in your yard, it does not mean that it is not present inside the soil.
Ask your local gardening centre about where you can check soil for the presence of lead.
Particles and Dust
If you have lead-based paint on your window or door frames, the constant rubbing motion will cause dust to contaminate the air.
Although you can reduce the lead in your property through professional renovation, you can help to keep your family safe by cleaning regularly and maintaining the condition of painted surfaces.
This is particularly important in the event that the home is old and there is a chance safe paint was used over paint with lead.
You should be careful about the products you have in your house, especially toys handed down from older generations that are likely to contain lead-based paint.
Fortunately, because of the link to lead poisoning, The Consumer and Product Safety Commission (SPCS) works tirelessly to educate and limit the amount of paint used in toys.
If your property was built before 1986 and the water is high in acidity, your water could erode the lead pipes and become contaminated.
Although the level of lead used in pipes is limited through the 2011 Safe Drinking Water Act, you are still at risk if your house is old.
To ensure your safety, hire a plumber to test your water and pipes. If you need to replace the pipes, it will be worth the investment since we are talking about your health.
Lead was used widely in construction before it was known to cause poisoning. Today, the use of lead is monitored by the federal government.
However, it’s still present in homes from before 1780. To keep your family safe and deal with lead-related issues, hire a professional to renovate any problem areas.