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Lead remediation is not for the Do-It-Yourself-ers. This is something a professional should be doing because 1: They should have all the necessary tools and education and 2: because they know the regulations to work by! As an Average Joe homeowner, we have so many other things to care for, it’s safer in the long run to let the pros handle it.
So let’s say you’ve contacted a professional that is going to start on your home. How do YOU prepare for the ‘invasion?’
First, the work areas should not be accessible to occupants while the work occurs.
The rooms or areas where the work is being done may need to be blocked off or sealed with plastic sheeting to contain any dust generated. Therefore, you may not be able to access certain areas until the work in that room is complete, cleaned thoroughly, and the containment has been removed. Because you may not have access to those areas, plan accordingly.
You may need:
You may even want to move out of your home temporarily while all or part of the work is being done.
Child care facilities and schools may want to consider alternative accommodations for children and access to necessary facilities.
Again, if you think a worker isn’t doing what he is supposed to do or is doing something that is unsafe, you should:
Information herein can be referenced from the EPA’s handbook The Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right. www.epa.gov/getleadsafe