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Lead Safe:

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

wall covered in flaking lead paint and a danger sign SERVPRO technicians are trained to know how to identify and remove lead paint.

Prior to 1978, lead was used as an additive to many paints. When that paint is disturbed especially during renovation, repair or painting, that lead can be released in chips or dust.

Lead-based paint was used in more than 38 million homes until it was banned for residential use in 1978.

It is important to follow lead safety protocols when work is being in any pre- 1978 home or building where children live or play.  

Lead can affect children’s brains and developing nervous systems, causing reduced IQ, learning disabilities, and behavioral problems. Lead is also harmful to adults.

Lead in dust is the most common way people are exposed to lead. People can also get lead in their bodies from lead in soil or paint chips. Lead dust is often invisible.

The most common way to get lead in the body is from dust. Lead dust comes from deteriorating lead-based paint and lead-contaminated soil that gets tracked into your home. This dust may accumulate to unsafe levels.

Then, normal hand to-mouth activities, like playing and eating (especially in young children), move that dust from surfaces like floors and window sills into the body.

Home renovation creates dust. Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips.

SERVPRO of Tri-County is a Georgia state certified Lead Safe Firm.   We follow the guidelines of proper demolition, containment, and cleanup processes.

You can rely on your hometown professional to advise and assist you when fire, water or mold damage requires restoration or renovation.

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