1978 was a great year!! I was 8 and all the world was right…at least as far as an 8 year old is concerned. Disco music was in! ‘Dallas’ and ‘The Incredible Hulk’ were on TV! “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees and “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel were among the most popular songs! We were getting scared out of our minds from watching ‘Halloween’ or cheering as ‘Superman’ saved the day at the theaters. I was of course busy watching ‘Captain Kangaroo’ and ‘Bugs Bunny’.
Yes…1978 was a great year! Let’s all smile and reflect…shall we!! That felt good. NOW…on to some serious business. Did you know that if your house or building was built prior to 1978 there may be some dangers lurking as close as your walls or window seals? Yep – right there in that beautiful paint you want to get rid of and/or paint over. It’s Lead! That’s right…lead was used in paint up until 1978. Then we all wised up and said… ‘Hey, you know what – this lead in paints that our kids put their mouths on or when we sand it gets dust into our lungs…isn’t a good thing.’ So we said NO MORE LEAD!
If you have a remodeling project in mind there are a few things you need to be aware of about lead paint:
First of all please use a Lead-Safe Certified Contractor for your project.
Did you know that lead exposure can cause lower intelligence and behavioral issues in children?
The dust from lead paint can be harmful to developing fetuses.
Exposure to lead paint dust can contribute to high blood pressure, fertility problems, kidney effects, and nervous system effects.
And there are more…
Oh…did we say how important it is to use a Lead-Safe Certified Contractor.
If you are considering having even a small remodeling job done that will cause dust from lead paint to be circulated or disturbed…then do not take a chance…use a company that knows how to keep you and your family safe.
The EPA has guidelines in place to help ensure that contractors know their responsibilities and if they are going to tackle your project and you have a house built prior to 1978…they need to be a Lead-Safe Certified Contractor. (This includes: renovators, electricians, HVAC specialists, plumbers, painters, and maintenance staff who disrupt more than 6-square feet of lead paint must carry this certification).
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