Lead paint: What to do if your house has lead paint

There are many dangers involved in removing lead paint from your home. Every member of your family can be poisoned if removal is done incorrectly. There are three ways to make the lead paint in your home less dangerous. The first two below are the safest ways to handle lead paint. They should be considered first.

Replace it.

Replacing a lead painted object means removing the object from the house and replacing it with a new, lead-free item. For example, a door may be removed by its hinges and replaced with a new, safe door. Do not burn any lead-painted item you remove from your home. Wrap the item in heavy plastic and keep it away from your children. This takes the lead out of your home and it does not create a lot of lead dust.

Cover it.

It is best to cover surfaces that cannot be replaced, such as walls or floors, with a long lasting, tough material like sheetrock, panelling or floor tiles. Because covering does not get the lead paint out of your home, walls or floors that are newly covered must be kept in good condition. Repainting with new paint or hanging wallpaper is not a permanent method of covering lead paint. If the new paint or wallpaper peels, the lead paint will be exposed again.

Remove it.

Sanding, burning or scraping lead paint is the most dangerous way of removing lead paint! This makes large amounts of lead dust or fumes which can poison workers, household members and pets.

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