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Angie's List: Safely removing lead paint

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ANYONE WITH A HOUSE BUILT BEFORE 1978 SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO PAINT, RENOVATE OR STRIP ANY WOOD.
 

YOU FIRST NEED TO GET IT TESTED FOR LEAD. THAT ADVICE COMES AS OCTOBER 25TH THROUGH 31ST IS LEAD POISONING PREVENTION WEEK .


"MORE THAN 40 MILLION HOUSES IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE LEAD PAINT. AND IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT IF YOU HAVE SMALL CHILDREN TO BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN YOU'RE REMODELING BECAUSE YOU DO NOT WANT TO END UP WITH LEAD PAINT POISONING," SAID ANGIE'S LIST FOUNDER, ANGIE HICKS.


 INGESTING LEAD PAINT CHIPS OR BREATHING IN LEAD DUST ...CAN LEAD TO LIFELONG LEARNING DISABILITIES, NERVOUS SYSTEM PROBLEMS, OR EVEN BRAIN DAMAGE. JUST A LITTLE DUST CAN DO A LOT OF DAMAGE.

"IF YOU TOOK THIS MUCH LEAD DUST AND YOU SPREAD IT OVER A 1,500 SQUARE-FOOT HOME, THAT HOUSE WOULD BE CONTAMINATED," SAID LEAD-CERTIFIED PROGRAM INSTRUCTOR, GREG SAUER.


IN ORDER TO REMOVE LEAD PAINT, FIND A CONTRACTOR WHO IS CERTIFIED BY THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY IN SAFE LEAD PRACTICES AND ASK SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ON THE REMOVAL PROCESS.


"A GOOD CONTRACTOR WILL LIST ALL OF THE THINGS THAT THEY DO BECAUSE THEY'RE PROUD OF THE FACT THAT IT'S PART OF THEIR BUSINESS,"SAID SAUER.


"WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH THE EPA EDUCATING CONSUMERS ON THE DANGERS OF LEAD PAINT AND THE PROPER PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH IT, AND WE'VE SEEN LOTS OF PROGRESS FROM CONTRACTORS. BUT THERE STILL ARE PAINTERS THAT AREN'T FOLLOWING THE PROPER PROCEDURES, SO IT'S IMPORTANT CONSUMERS EDUCATE THEMSELVES AND ARE IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT," SAID HICKS.


EXPERTS SAY WHILE THE PAINT MAY BE THE MAIN CULPRIT, IT'S NOT THE ONLY ONE.


"WE THINK OF LEAD-BASED PAINT AS THE COLORS ON THE WALLS, BUT THAT'S NOT TRUE. IT'S ALSO IN THE LACQUERS, THE VARNISHES, THE SHELLACS, UM, THE FLOOR COVERINGS. THOSE ALL HAVE LEAD IN 'EM AS WELL," SAID SAUER.


YOU CAN LEARN MORE FROM ANGIE'S LIST AND E-P-A'S "LOOK FOR THE LOGO" CAMPAIGN TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT LEAD SAFETY.
 

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