What are some ways to protect your family from lead in your home?


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Individuals can protect themselves and their families from lead in the home by removing lead-based paint; installing a special high-efficiency particulate air, or HEPA, lead filter; and covering lead surfaces with drywall. They can also paint over lead-based pant with encapsulant paint, says the New York State Department of Health.

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Homes built before 1970 may have been painted with lead-based paint, states the New York State Department of Health. As lead-based paint ages, it can crumble to dust and poison the air in the home. Exposure to lead dust can lead to dangerous health conditions, especially in pregnant women and children.

Normal paint-removal methods are not effective for lead-based paint, as chipping, scraping or sanding releases more lead dust into the air, advises the New York State Department of Health.

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