Sources of Lead Hazards
Lead is a toxic metal found in paint, soil, jewelry, toys, home remedies, ceramics, candy, and water. Lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in older buildings are by far the most common form of lead exposure for children in NE Ohio.
Where are lead hazards most often found in homes?
Lead paint is still present in many homes built before 1978, sometimes under layers of newer paint. If the paint is in good shape, the lead paint is usually not a hazard. Deteriorating lead-based paint (peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking, damaged, or damp) is a hazard and needs immediate attention. It may also be a hazard when found on surfaces that children can chew or that get a lot of wear-and-tear, such as:
- Windows and windowsills
- Doors and door frames
Did you know?
Most children are poisoned by swallowing lead dust from hand-to-mouth activity. Pregnant women exposed to lead can also transfer it to their fetus. Lead dust can also be tracked into a home and is often present in exposed soil that was contaminated by leaded gasoline, peeling paint, or air pollution. Adults who work around lead may be exposed or bring lead home.
It not only makes sense to test for lead, but may also be the LAW.
Cleveland and surrounding cities are now making lead clearance exams required for all rental properties built before 1978.
Whether you are a landlord looking to be lead-safe compliant or a homebuyer/owner concerned about lead hazards, call our office today to schedule a lead clearance exam with our licensed inspectors.
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