In a study conducted for children aged 1 to 5 years old in New York City, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) United States revealed that the home improvements and paintings can increase level of lead by 14% in children’s blood. The concentration of these substances are produced by different types of paints, varnishes, and other building materials. This indisputable reality is the fact that how we often forget to provide safety for the sake of our family’s health when making renovation or home care.
The highest danger of this absorption of lead substance into children’s bodies can cause disturbances in the early phase of physical and mental growth which then results in malfunction of intelligence and academic ability.
This is problem is even more critical since in this phase, a child’s growth begins. Lead exposure is commonly happen by contact with dried paint on the sills, fences or other painted surfaces. Nowadays children often playfully touch these surfaces. The natural habits of children to put their fingers to mouth is making the entry for the lead substance to get into their bodies, besides from air they breathe. This lead exposure also affect adults negatively, although at a lower rate.
Under conditions of continuous exposure, this exposure can cause insomnia, confusion or chaotic mind, impaired memory, miscarriage and fetal death at birth. While in a state of acute this exposure may impact to abdominal pain, coma and renal failure. Then, what is the right way when it comes to renovating house? Although chemical building materials producers began to claim their product lead-free, it is not necessarily a solution to the overall problem that may incur in your home improvement job.
Since none of us desired in giving negative impact to the occupants of your living, therefore, carefully choose only lead-free paint and building materials, and prepare a sterile room to live by while the improvement job still ongoing. Remember to always wear a mask when going in and out.