While lead-based paint may not be on the top of your mind these days, it could be present in some of Canada’s older homes. It might not seem like a big deal to some, but disturbing the paint through regular wear and tear can expose your family to some serious health risks. Children and pregnant women are most at risk as their immune systems are more susceptible to these health concerns.
Not sure if there is lead-based paint in your home or what to do about it if there is? Below are the answers to your questions.
Does Your Home Contain Lead-Based Paint?
Was your home was built before 1960? If your answer is yes, then there is a high chance that the paint within your home contains lead. If it was built between 1960 and 1990, there is a possibility the exterior paint contains lead. After 1990, all consumer paint products produced within Canada and the USA were considered lead-free so there is no cause for concern past this year.
How Can I Find Out For Sure?
One way to do this is by sending paint chip samples from your home to a lab for a full analysis. You could also hire a contractor who has the proper equipment for detecting lead paint.
If I Have Lead Paint, What Should I Do?
In some instances, leaving the lead-based paint be is safer than removing it. This is only the case if it is not chipping or if it is not within a child’s reach. Covering this area with paneling or wallpaper can provide an extra layer of security. If the paint is chipping however, the paint should be removed as soon as possible for the safety of you and your family.
Still have questions about lead-based paint? Health Canada has a great resource that should answer all of your concerns.