… A gloomy but important message.

When starting a renovation project that involves removing or sanding old paint, especially in homes built before 1975, it is very important to determine if the paint is lead-based. If the paint is indeed a lead-based type, the safe removal of it is imperative so that the dust and fragments don’t end up in the bodies of your family members.

In children, exposure to lead can cause:

  • Nervous system and kidney damage
  • Learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and decreased intelligence
    Speech, language, and behavior problems
  • Poor muscle coordination
  • Decreased muscle and bone growth
  • Hearing damage

These are symptom are only at low-level exposure. At higher levels the side-effects become even more damaging for children, including seizures, unconsciousness and in some cases, death.

In adults, exposure to lead can cause:

  • Harm to a developing fetus
  • Increased chance of high blood pressure during pregnancy
  • Fertility problems (in men and women)
  • High blood pressure
  • Digestive problems
  • Nerve disorders
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Muscle and joint pain

Information on how to find out if your home has lead-based paints can be found on the Government of Canada’s Website:

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/home-safety/lead-based-paint.html

 

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