Lead Hazard Prevention

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Preventing Door-Related Lead Paint Hazards

An important step to preventing lead contamination in your Sacramento home is keeping paint deterioration in check. If any part of your home was painted prior to 1978, cracking, flaking or peeling paint can pose a potential lead hazard, which is why it’s crucial to keep an eye on the condition of your home’s paint. While paint on interior and exterior walls is the first thing most people think of in this regard, an often-neglected aspect is the painted doors in the home.

Common issues with painted doors:

  • Door doesn’t properly fit in its frame. This can cause the paint on both the door and the jamb to rub off.
  • Painted door hinges. The continuous opening and closing of the door can lead to paint deterioration.

In either of these instances, the continued abrasion and deterioration of painted components can create lead dust, which poses a contamination hazard to the home’s inhabitants. One of the primary concerns in this regard is lead dust falling to the floor, where young children crawl around. This dust can get on their hands and, if ingested, introduce lead into their bloodstream.

For these reasons, it’s crucial to promptly address any potential lead issues with the doors in your home. Ensure all doors are properly gapped and the paint on the door, jamb, and casing doesn’t show any signs of deterioration. If you have painted hinges, either replace them or remove the paint. In instances where a door and its frame have several lead-paint related issues, your best option may be to replace the door, trim and jamb altogether.

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