What you need to know about Lead Paint
Don't let lead-paint destroy your home.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools be certified by the EPA. These firms also must use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers to follow lead-safe work practices.
According to EPA requirements (40 CFR Part 745) contractors must use lead-safe work practices and follow these three simple procedures:
1. Contain the work area.
2. Minimize dust.
3. Clean up thoroughly.
SERVPRO's Compliance with Lead Paint Laws
SERVPRO professionals are aware of the guidelines involving lead paint and will take the necessary precautions according to current laws.
SERVPRO of Hood River Professionals have been trained and certified to follow lead-safe work practices while performing renovation and repair projects in your area.
Does Your Property Contain Lead?
Oder homes, older child care facilities, schools, and other building are more likely to contain lead-based paint. Homes may be private, government-assisted or public housing. Schools are preschools and kindergarten classrooms. They may be urban, suburban or rural.
Percentage of homes likely to contain lead:
-Built between 1960-1978=24%
-Built between 1940-1960= 69%
-Built before 1940=87%
What you can do to Protect Your Family from Lead in Pre-1978 Homes
-If you rent, notify your landlord of peeling or chipping paint.
-Clean up paint chips immediately
-Regularly clean floors, window sills, and other surfaces. Use a mop, sponge, or paper towel with warm water and a general all-purpose cleaner or a cleaner made specifically for lead.
-Thoroughly rinse sponges and mops heads after cleaning dirty or dusty areas.
-Wash children's hands, bottles, pacifiers and toys often.
-Keep children from chewing window sills or other pained surfaces.
-Make sure children eat a healthy nutritious diet consistent with the USDA's dietary guidelines, which helps protect children form the effects of lead.
-Clean or remove shoes before entering your home to avoid tracking in lead from soil.
Facts about Lead
-Lead-based paint was used in more than 38 million homes until it was banned for residential use in 1978.
-Lead can affect children's brains and developing nervous systems, causing reduced IQ, learning disabilities and behavioral problems.
-Even children who seem healthy can have high levels of lead in their bodies.
-Lead is also harmful to adults and the elderly.
-Lead in dust is the most common way people are exposed to lead. People can also get lead in their bodies from lead in soil or paint chips. Lead dust is often visible.
-Projects that disturb lead-based paint can create dust and endanger you and your family.
-In most cases, lead-based paint that is in good condition is not a hazard.
For more information on lead paint, visit the EPA's website at www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/leadinfo.htm
Top Tips For Fire Safety
Fire Safety is very important for you and your family to be aware of.
Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!
Top Tips for Fire Safety
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.
If a Fire Starts:
- Know how to safely operate a fire extinguisher
- Remember to GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL 9-1-1 or your local emergency phone number.
- Yell "Fire!" several times and go outside right away. If you live in a building with elevators, use the stairs. Leave all your things where they are and save yourself.
- If closed doors or handles are warm or smoke blocks your primary escape route, use your second way out. Never open doors that are warm to the touch.
- If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit. Close doors behind you.
- If smoke, heat or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with doors closed. Place a wet towel under the door and call the fire department or 9-1-1. Open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth or flashlight to signal for help.
- Once you are outside, go to your meeting place and then send one person to call the fire department. If you cannot get to your meeting place, follow your family emergency communication plan.
If your clothes catch on fire:
- Stop what you’re doing.
- Drop to the ground and cover your face if you can.
- Roll over and over or back and forth until the flames go out. Running will only make the fire burn faster.
Once the flames are out, cool the burned skin with water for three to five minutes. Call for medical attention.
IICRC Certified Firm
IICRC Certified Firms must
• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.
About SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties.
SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
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