For Immediate Release
November 29, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

KDHE Reminds Kansans to Practice Lead Safety During Home Winter Projects

Winter is approaching and the honey-do list may be appearing again.  Is a home improvement or a do-it-yourself renovation project on the list?  If so, here are a few things the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) would like you to keep in mind whether you are doing the work yourself or hiring a contractor.

“The most common sources of lead exposure in and around the home are lead-based paint and household dust,” said Tom Langer, Director of KDHE’s Bureau of Environmental Health.  “It is extremely important to follow the correct “lead-safe” steps for renovation projects as lead can affect the brain and vital organs and it is especially harmful to children.”

If you are thinking of hiring a contractor to work in your home, here are some things to keep in mind to keep you and your family safe and healthy.

If you are doing it yourself and your house was built before 1978, here are some things you should do….

For more detailed information and a complete home renovation checklist as well as do-it-yourself video, please visit: http://www.kshealthyhomes.org/homeowner-training.htm

Lead is a naturally occurring element that has no characteristic taste or smell and is a highly toxic heavy metal poison. Lead can affect the brain and vital organs and is especially harmful to children and to adult reproductive systems. Once it gets into your body, lead can stay there for a long time and can build up in your body if you are in contact with even a small amount for a long time.
For more information on lead safety tips please visit: http://www.kshealthyhomes.org or contact the Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Prevention Program at lead@kdheks.gov or 1-866-865-3233.