In the hospital.
Picture taken by Sebastian Rose In the hospital.

Those most at risk of lead exposure are in low-income and minority communities. While Flint, Mich. has been getting the most attention regarding lead exposure, many cites across the country have viewed Flint as a wake-up call in taking swift action against lead exposure. The most significant exposure to lead comes from lead paint.

Lead paint exposure can be as simple as the paint used for the exteriors and interiors of homes, to children simply playing or tracking it in, and lead paint chipping off or blowing off the outside of houses. While lead paint was banned in 1978, many older homes still have lead paint; particularly those in inner cities across the country. Places like Chicago and Baltimore are currently urging residents to get lead testing for their children and pouring money into resources to help spread the word.

It is not inexpensive to remove it. The average cost of removing lead paint from a home is about $1,600, if people even know they have lead paint in the first place or can afford to remove it. Government inspections of homes and government enforcement of remediation orders in rental housing are essential to solving the problem. And funding is needed to pay for lead paint removal.

This is yet another reminder that cutting costs can often have harmful side-effects on your clients. When undergoing a home remodel that contains lead paint that you are taking the proper precautions to risk exposure.

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