While lead is a naturally occurring environmental element, it can be harmful to those who inadvertently inhale or ingest it, leading to increased blood pressure, impaired vision and hearing, reduced muscle coordination, nerve damage and reproductive problems. Lead is especially dangerous to children under six, as it can damage the nervous system, kidneys and liver. Lead exposure may also result in anemia, developmental delays and, in extreme cases, even death.
In order to keep your home lead-free and your family safe from the life-threatening effects of lead exposure, choose to work with the Lead-Safe Certified contractors at Renewal by Andersen of Northeast PA.
Protecting Children From Lead Hazards
Back in 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered that all renovation, repair and painting contractors working in homes, schools or daycare centers built before 1978 must become EPA-certified in lead-safe work practices. The reason for this is that in the course of their work, home service providers – such as plumbers, painters, electricians, carpenters and replacement window contractors – may inadvertently create toxic dust that’s extremely dangerous to children because it can contain harmful levels of lead. This dust usually goes unnoticed since it’s so fine that it’s invisible to the naked eye.
How a Company Becomes Lead-Safe Certified
Becoming Lead-Safe Certified involves taking a one-day training course, which must be taught by an EPA-accredited training provider. After completion of the course, contractors are required to register with the EPA by sending in an application and paying a fee. Failure to do so could result in the non-compliant company having to pay tens of thousands of dollars in fines down the road. EPA Lead-Safe Certification is valid for five years.
Why You Should Hire a Lead-Safe Certified Contractor
Contractors play a key role in helping prevent lead exposure. If you’re renovating an older home and replacing windows that have frames which could be coated with lead paint, it would be extremely beneficial to hire a Lead-Safe Certified window replacement contractor like Renewal by Andersen of Northeast PA to do the job. Doing so will give you peace of mind knowing that your family will be protected from accidental lead exposure.
Work With Renewal by Andersen of Northeast PA
To learn more about our window replacement options, give Renewal by Andersen of Northeast PA a call today at (610) 355-4055. Our team would be more than happy to assist you in making the right selections for your home.