In this day and age, we don’t think too much about lead based paint – or at least I don’t. If you are smart, you’ll always keep it in the back of your mind.
The other day I was playing outside with my 1-year-old daughter on our concrete stoop. The concrete is by no means pretty and the railing that is attached to it is just as ugly. The concrete is on the brink of crumbling and the black paint on the railing is peeling pretty fiercely. This project has been on our list of things to improve since we’ve moved into the house.
While I was playing with my daughter, she found that pulling the peeling paint away from the railing was fascinating, but to my horror, also decided that putting it in her mouth was just as fascinating. My mom brain went into overdrive and my first thought was “what if that is lead paint?!”
That “lead” me to get online and do my research. Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that contains high levels of lead. The government banned lead-based paint from housing in 1978 and some states stopped it’s use even sooner.
While that reassured me about my railings, I started to wonder about other aspects of my home. The list of things that lead can effect was pretty astonishing. Who knew that it could actually be in your soil?
Some ways to keep an eye out for possible lead based paint objects is to actually get a home test kit. You need to make sure that these tests are administered correctly in order for the most accurate test results, but this can be a great first step in looking out for lead based paints. If you feel like the threat of lead is large, hire a trained and certified professional who will use a range of reliable methods when testing your home.
This is one aspect of protecting your home that you should always take seriously. It’s a danger to you and your family and can pose serious health risks. When in doubt, check it out.