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  QUESTION: Lead in Paint Flakes, 24 Aug 2006, Any State Any Country in the World

Dear Lead Advisory,

our 1910 flat was flooded from above and left paint damage to an area 1m by 2m. Yesterday my father in-law chipped off the paint in flakes while my children (2 and 4) watched and helped clean up. I am concerned as to the potential affects of this - could you please advise what I can do (if anything) at this late stage.


ANSWER: 24 Aug 2006

Dear Natasha,

From what your father-in-law did, it might expose your children to paint flakes. As paints prior to 1970 usually contained lead, there is a big chance that not only your children but everyone in your house was exposed to lead from the paint flakes. If you are concerned about your children or other family members, I suggest you check their blood lead level with your GP as elevation of blood lead level in children can have adverse effects. Here's one of our fact sheets How would you know if you or your child is lead poisoned?

I hope this will help. Feel free to contact us if you require more help.
Erik Wibowo

See: Lead in House Paint - The Six Step Guide To Painting Your Home

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