You might know to keep your toddlers away from the stairs and the hot stove, but you might not know about the dangers of lead. If you suspect that you have lead in your home, you are going to need to have a professional come out and remediate the problem. Here are some steps that you can take to reduce the amount of lead you and the rest of your family come into contact with in the meantime.
1. Don't Scrape Against Painted Surfaces
If you think that there's a chance that there is lead in the paint adorning your walls, then you are going to want to repaint the walls as soon as possible. However, you might not have the money or the time to complete the job immediately. Instead, make sure that you move all of your furniture away from the walls so that nothing ever scrapes against them. This will allow you to avoid creating more lead paint dust that could be inhaled by your children and subsequently harm them. Also tell your kids that the walls might hurt their toys so they should keep them away from the walls and ceiling.
2. Wipe Everything Down Regularly to Get Rid of Dust
Dust forms naturally and some lead particles can be caught up in the dust. Get into a habit of wiping down all surfaces and children's toys once or twice a week in order to regularly remove the dust and the potential lead from the area. Stay away from areas where dust is frequently found in large amounts, such as the corners of rooms and behind the couch. If there is a large amount of dust, unless you have a wet vacuum, the dust will be kicked up into the air and inhaled when you try to clean it up. Letting it stay until you have enough time to properly remediate the lead in your home is is easier and safer.
3. Avoid Drinking Water Warmed From the Tap
If you suspect that the pipes that carry the water to your home have lead in them, you are going to want to make sure that you tell your children to never drink the warm water from the taps. When the water is warm, it is able to easily remove bits of lead from the inside of the pipes and transfer them through the tap. Cold water does not do this as often. If you need warm water, heat it up in the microwave.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in lead remediation and removal and refresher EPA RRP classes.