If you were to ask me what I knew about lead a few days ago, I wouldn’t have had much of an answer for you. In fact, I probably would have unsurely stated “I know it’s supposed to be bad for you?” And then regaled you with the story of how my sweet grandmother still has her entire collection of vintage Fiestaware, which yes, is rumored to be bathed in a lead-ridden glaze. The pieces are lovely, and unfortunately, also lead hazards, so they are currently living in boxes.
But a lot changes in a few days. And with the addition of our new EPA-approved LeadCheck Lead Test Kit, I know a lot more about the dangers of lead exposure and lead poisoning. I also know how easy it is now to test your home’s surfaces for this dangerous toxin with an inexpensive allergen test kit like this one. That way, you’ll know when to take action to prevent serious health effects in you and your family.
Lead is a toxic metal that is most commonly found in older types of paint. Older homes, usually those built before 1978, are most susceptible to lead hazards because builders likely used lead-based paints, which have since been banned, during construction. These homes can quickly become hazardous as the paint begins to chip, peel, and otherwise deteriorate, creating toxic dust particles that enter your air and your body as you breathe.
Lead poisoning is a serious condition caused by overexposure to lead sources that can affect both adults and children. In adults, lead exposure is linked to reproductive problems, nerve disorders, hypertension, muscle and joint pain, and memory and concentration problems.
Lead has more serious effects in children because they’re still growing and developing—and more vulnerable. If it’s not detected early, lead poisoning in children can cause:
- Damage to the brain and nervous system
- Slowed growth
- Hearing problems
- Behavioral and learning problems such as hyperactivity
With so many negative and worrisome health effects to consider, you might be wondering where to begin. This kit is a good place to start.
The Lead Check Lead Testing Kit is an easy, do-it-yourself, at-home kit that instantly identifies lead on surfaces in your home. Using a handy swab (8 are included), all you have to do is apply it to the surface you want to test and wait 30 seconds to see a change in color. If you see pink, you’ve got a low level of lead concentration, while red means there’s a definite and dangerous issue. Use the swabs on any surface, from your walls to wood window and door frames to dishes, your children’s toys, and more.
You can use the results to formulate your lead-safe plan of attack, which might include calling in a lead renovation professional for expert advice or a hefty cleaning session with a lead abatement vacuum. Either way, this testing kit will give you the peace of mind you need to determine if you have a problem and take the necessary steps to eliminate it.
If you want to learn more about the dangerous health effects of lead and ways to prevent them, check out these great resources:
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Also, be sure to check out our variety of allergen testing kits that can help you continuously maintain a healthy, hazard-free home.