What are some big steps in reducing my risk of lead?
If you live in a home built before 1978 and the paint is in poor condition, or you have been or are remodeling, you should talk to your physician about having your children tested. A simple blood test is the only way to know if a child has lead poisoning. Blood lead tests are especially important for babies and toddlers since their blood levels tend to increase rapidly from 6 to 12 months and peak at 18 to 24 months of age. Children older than one year should have a blood test every couple of years or every year if the house or apartment contains lead paint or if you use lead in your job or hobby.

A paint inspection will determine if there is lead content in the paint. A risk assessment will determine if there are any sources of lead exposure which may be hazardous and what actions you need to take. Lead inspections and assessments should be done by qualified individuals who are certified lead-based paint professionals. For a list of certified professionals, visit EPA's website or call the Roanoke Lead Safe program at 540-853-5682 Certain renovations can release lead from paint and dust into the air. Take precautions before you or a contractor disturb painted surfaces by having the area tested for lead-based paint and temporarily remove your family when the remodeling is being done, especially children and pregnant women (sealing off the area from the rest of the house). Do not use a belt-sander, propane torch, heat gun, dry scraper or dry sander. These can produce large amounts of lead dust and fumes. EPA

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1. What are the health effects of lead?
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3. What are the health effects of lead in children?
4. What are the health effects of lead in adults?
5. What are some sources of lead?
6. What are some big steps in reducing my risk of lead?
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8. What are remodeling laws in regards to lead?