Why should I care about Lead Based Paint?

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Traditional renovation, repair and painting is the number one cause of childhood lead poisoning.  7% of all children below the age of six have dangerous blood lead levels and 56% of all cases of lead poisoning are directly related to contractor renovations.

Lead exposure is very dangerous to children. While a child’s brain is developing, before six years old, lead can cause permanent, irreversible damage to the central nervous system, the brain and kidney damage, decreased intelligence, attention deficit disorder, speech, language and behavior problems. Very small levels of lead dust is all that is required to poison children. One gram of lead (the size of a sugar packet) can contaminate over 1500 sq. ft.

Lead poisoning can be prevented. Proper planning, lead safe work practices and thorough cleaning can greatly minimize the risk of harming anyone. The one day Lead Safe Renovation, Repair & Painting class teaches how to minimize the impact of lead during construction and remodeling projects. Classes are available in Portland OR, Vancouver WA, Dallas TX, St. Louis MO, Atlanta GA, Philadelphia PA and Phoenix AZ.

For more information go to www.LeadClasses.com