Lead Paint In Your Home
Due to the associated health risk, lead paint was removed from the market in 1978. Since many of the homes in Scranton area were built before 1978, there are a few things you should know:
-Lead is poisonous. Young children are the highest risk of lead poisoning. Their smaller bodies can more easily reach a higher concentration of lead. Most importantly, children below the age of 7 can suffer permanent side effects due to lead exposure.
-Any home built before 1978 may contain lead paint. Use was widespread in older homes and the usage dropped as time went on. Research indicates 89% of homes built before 1940 contain lead paint, however less than 20% of homes built in the 1970's contain lead.
-Lead dust poses the greatest health risk. Lead dust is easily created by home repairs or simply opening and closing doors/windows that were previously coated with lead paint. Before any work begins in your home, it must be determined if lead containment is necessary.
-There are EPA regulations designed to protect your family during home repairs. Don't allow a contractor to put your families health at risk! One of the contractors first responsibilities is to provide you the EPA Renovate Right brochure. This pamplet is designed to educate homeowners on lead.
-Contractors must have trained personnel conducting the work in your home. The EPA regulations outline proper procedures for lead containment, equipment, record keeping, and personal safety. It's is important that you hire a qualified contractor that is EPA certified.
-NEPA Remodeling conducts all work in compliance with EPA lead paint laws. We take safety seriously and never put our customers at risk.