First Team Construction, Inc., Charleston’s first choice in home remodeling and new
construction, today announces its certification as a United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lead-Safe Renovation Firm. As a lead-safe firm, First Team will work to minimize lead dust from home renovation activities, as required by the Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule, to protect the public and its clientele.
What is Lead?
According to the EPA, “Lead is a naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the earth’s crust. While it has some beneficial uses, it can be toxic to humans and animals causing of health effects.”
Who Is At Risk?
The EPA continues, “Lead is particularly dangerous to children because their growing bodies absorb more lead than adults do and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead. Babies and young children can also be more highly exposed to lead because they often put their hands and other objects that can have lead from dust or soil on them into their mouths. Children may also be exposed to lead by eating and drinking food or water containing lead or from dishes or glasses that contain lead, inhaling lead dust from lead-based paint or lead-contaminated soil or from playing with toys with lead paint.
Adults, Including Pregnant Women
“Adults may be exposed to lead by eating and drinking food or water containing lead or from dishes or glasses that contain lead. They may also breath lead dust by spending time in areas where lead-based paint is deteriorating, and during renovation or repair work that disturbs painted surfaces in older homes and buildings. Working in a job or engaging in hobbies where lead is used, such as making stained glass, can increase exposure as can certain folk remedies containing lead. A pregnant woman’s exposure to lead from these sources is of particular concern because it can result in exposure to her developing baby.”Information via the United States Environmental Protection Agency
To learn more about lead, please visit http://www2.epa.gov/lead/learn-about-lead#found.