For most people, a big concern is not knowing whether the products they are bringing into their homes are safe. From the paint we use in our living rooms to the candy we give to our children, lead can hide anywhere.
While there’s not much we can do to prevent lead-contaminated products from making it onto store shelves, there is something we can do ensure that our homes stay safe.
At Mold Busters, our lead testing in Ottawa targets key items in your home that are known to cause lead poisoning. These include
- Heating units
- Artificial turf
- Window panels
- Children’s toys
We also know that homes built before 1978 are at a greater risk of containing lead because they were constructed before the widespread ban of lead paint was enforced.
If you suspect this is a hazard in your home, don’t wait to contact Mold Busters in Ottawa, especially if you have small children. We also offer reliable lead testing in Montreal.
Lead in children’s jewellery and toys
Lead is a metal that’s soft, heavy and cheap, and so, it is often used to make inexpensive items like jewellery for kids. However, lead is very toxic and can be detrimental to a child’s neurological development, even after relatively low levels of exposure.
Of all people, children are the most vulnerable to lead poisoning as they are still developing and their immune systems are not fully formed yet – not to mention, they tend to suck on, chew or ingest anything and everything. Pieces of jewellery or toys that have a protective or decorative lead coating (which can flake or chip off easily) make it extremely easy for children to ingest lead.
Despite a nationwide ban on lead products, lead is still turning up in a variety of consumer goods, including children’s toys, jewellery and even candy. In Canada, children’s jewellery that contains more than 600 mg/kg total of lead and/or 90 mg/kg of migratable lead has been banned from sale, import or advertisement.
If you have any doubts about your child’s belongings or, for that matter, about any item in your home, call Mold Busters for lead testing in Ottawa or lead testing in Montreal today.