If you live in a pre-1978 home or if you are in an urban area with many pre-1978 homes - there can be unsafe levels of invisible lead-dust in your home and in the
yard where your children play.

(The photo on this page shows the home where our children were poisoned. Built in 1917, the 2400 sf house was included in a coffee-table book of historic homes in Portland’s upscale Irvington neighborhood. We spent nearly $200,000 cleaning up the toxic mess caused by our contractors. This photo was taken after all of the work was completed.) A link to a summary page listing lead-safe work practices/ and resources to get trained and certified in using lead safe work practices will be posted here shortly.

Even if you live in a new-construction home, there can still be a lead dust hazard inside your home from the outside soil surrounding the residence.

One of the best pieces of advice I can offer for any parent to help them create a lead-safe home is to designate your home a strictly “shoes-off” household. Have family members and all guests take their shoes off outside on the porch. Leave shoes outside always. If you have cold floors - keep a basket of slippers or “house shoes” by the door (nice and quite affordable cotton slippers are available in most Chinese or Japanese housewares stores, as it has long been the sensible custom in the Orient to leave “outside shoes” outside!.)

Additionally - spend the $450 for a full home hazard inspection by a certified hazard inspector.  You might be pleasantly surprised with the results (how few hazards there are in your home) and you will have a permanent record to keep with your home that will serve as a guidance tool in terms of helping to determine which home improvement projects should be done by certified contractors/ trained in using lead-safe work practices.


Lead in your bathtub?  The kitchen sink?

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