Many Canadians are looking to renovate older homes that contain lead paint. Here is what you need to know.
The risks of lead
Some older homes in Canada may have lead-based paint on the walls. Removing, repairing or disturbing this paint through normal wear-and-tear (such as paint on doors, windows, stairs and railings) can expose you and your children to serious health risks: lead poisoning can cause anaemia (a deficiency of red blood cells) as well as brain and nervous system damage.
The risk is greatest for children because they are growing and absorb lead easily. Even small amounts of dust with lead…