In our last article, we addressed the problems and causes that can arise from finding lead in the home. There are various steps that can be taken in order to reduce the effects of lead. These range from something easy that we can all do, to more major steps, that will require a professional.
Things we can all do:
As simple and obvious as it may seem, cleaning regularly will help to reduce a child’s exposure to lead. If you see paint chips, clean them up immediately. Wipe down surfaces like window sills, window frames and floors with warm water, all purpose cleaner or even cleaner that is meant for lead paint.
Whatever you have used for cleaning, such as mops and sponges, make sure to clean thoroughly after use.
Never wear shoes in the house.
Did you know that a healthy diet rich in calcium and iron is good for helping your child to absorb less lead. Also important is to make sure your child has washed hands before eating and bed especially.
Interim measures can also be taken to help reduce exposure to lead. For example, if lead if found in the soil, plant grass to cover it over. You can also do some repairs to damaged, painted surfaces. Of course, steps like these are not a permanent solution.
When to get a professional:
When the time comes to permanently remove the lead problem, it is best to consult a professional lead removal specialist. Make sure they are a certified lead abatement specialist. They are especially trained to safely remove the lead and clean up. If you attempt to do it yourself, you could encounter more problems and hazards. Remember, there are things that can be done, but always put safety first.