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.
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.