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How to Test for Lead Dust Following a Home Renovation Project: The EPA recently decided not to require contracto...

How to Test for Lead Dust Following a Home Renovation Project: The EPA recently decided not to require contracto...

Photo: James Mullineaux / Istock related articles By Dan Shapley Over the past couple of years, the Environmental Protection Agency has been tightening the rules contractors must follow to avoid spreading lead-tainted dust during home renovation projects. The rules are also useful guidelines for home do-it-yourselfers, particularly if you're doing it yourself in a home built before 1978 that is likely to have lead paint on the walls, even if it's buried under wallpaper or layers of more recent paint. If children or pregnant women are exposed to lead dust, it could cause permanent brain damage and lifelong deficiencies. That's why lead was ordered removed from paint, gas and, most recently, toys . The new rules require things like the use of plastic sheeting to avoid spreading dust outside the work area, spraying water mist to tamp down dust and thoroughly cleaning work are...

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