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Lead Safety in the Home

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Lead Safety in the Home

If you are concerned about possible lead exposure in your home, you can take the initiative by bringing in the experts at Shirey Home Pro.

Here's what you need to know about lead:
Lead is a metal that is naturally occurring on Earth. It is toxic. You can absorb, swallow, and breathe in the lead. Each way affects you but breathing it in affects you the most.

Lead is most often found in old paint. Sometimes, you can find it in drinking water that flows through old pipes. It also shows up in the home on clothing worn in environments with high levels of lead. Dirt can contain lead in environments where old buildings were demolished to make way for new structures.

Lead exposure symptoms include:
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Abdominal/stomach pain
  • Weakness
  • Constipation
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Brain fog/forgetfulness
  • Nausea
  • Appetite loss
  • Pain and numbness/tingling in extremities
  • Infertility
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Cancer
Children can experience symptoms faster and worse than adults, so it is vital to have your house checked and worked on to remove any lead. It is also imperative to be observant of your children while playing in the dirt, make sure they wash their hands after touching dirt, and keep them from consuming any outside dirt.

If you suspect that your property might have lead, give us a call. Our owner, Jon Elkins, is Lead-Safe Certified and is certified to teach Shirey Home Pro carpenters to help renovate safely when lead may be present.
Published: December 10, 2021

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