As a restoration carpenter, old house owner, and parent, I've been concerned about lead paint for years. Intact lead paint generally poses no threat, either to workers or to the occupants of a home; but lead dust that's unleashed during remodeling activities can have serious consequences, especially for very young children. Fortunately, the precautionary measures that remodelers need to take are mostly commonsense, especially for anyone who already takes dust-control seriously.

If it gets into the bloodstream, lead can unleash severe health problems — high blood pressure, anemia, kidney damage, memory loss, and impotence, among others — for adults. But lead is most harmful to children under the age of six because it interferes with brain development, which can have tragic, lifelong consequences. Lead is most easily...

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