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Suggestions for Remodeling or Renovating a Home that Has Lead Based Paint

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Lead hazards when remodeling buildings:

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Suggestions for Remodeling or Renovating a Home that Has Lead Based Paint

If not conducted properly, certain types of renovations can release lead from paint and dust into the air.

Take precautions before you begin remodeling or renovations that disturb painted surfaces (such as scraping off paint or tearing out walls):

If you have already completed renovations or remodeling that could have released lead-based paint or dust, get your young children tested and follow the steps outlined above.

What are Other Sources of Lead and Lead Poisoning?

While paint, dust, and soil are the most common lead hazards, other lead sources also exist.

Watch out for environmental testing and cleanup that are not performed by qualified experts. Details & examples of what can go wrong are at ASBESTOS REMOVAL, Amateur, Incomplete.

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