11 Jun What you need to know about lead paint and safety
- Don’t try to remove lead-based paint yourself.
- Always keep painted surfaces that might contain lead in good condition to minimize deterioration.
- Get your home checked for lead hazards. The E.P.A. site has a list of inspectors.
- If you rent in a building older than 1978, speak with your landlord about properly addressing any peeling or chipping paint.
- When renovating, repairing, or painting, hire only E.P.A.- or state-approved, Lead-Safe certified renovation firms. (We are certified for lead paint abatement.)
- Before buying, renting, or renovating a home older than 1978, have it inspected for lead paint.
- If you live in a home with lead paint, consider testing your children for lead. Your pediatrician can do a simple blood test.
- Wash children’s hands, bottles, pacifiers, and toys often.
- Make sure children eat healthy, low-fat foods high in iron, calcium, and vitamin C.
- Remove shoes or wipe soil off shoes before entering your house.
Mike Katounas is the owner of Home Works Painting, a painting business in Northern Virginia. He has over 15 years of experience in residential interior and exterior painting, drywall installation/repair, carpentry, wallpaper removal, power washing, commercial painting, color consultation, and staining/sealing. Their service areas include Chantilly, Fairfax, Herndon, Oakton, Reston. Mike takes pride in his work, and he always follows a strict code of conduct that includes the use of quality paint, a clean workspace, and an honest, respectful approach to his customers.