Simonton Windows is encouraging homeowners to educate themselves about possible poison exposure from lead-based paints and products used in the original construction of older homes.

“National Poison Prevention Week (March 18-24, 2012) is the ideal time to shine the spotlight on proper procedures for lead-safe practices and other steps targeted at preventing lead poisoning in children and adults,” says Gary Pember, vice president of marketing for Simonton Windows. “Unfortunately when it comes time to replace some older windows, lead paint can be disturbed, creating lead dust and chips. Homeowners should seek out professional contractors who are trained and certified to follow specific work practices to help prevent lead contamination inside, outside, and around the home during remodeling work. This includes replacing older windows.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that may disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 to be certified. This training includes taking an eight-hour training course from an EPA-approved training provider.

“Simonton supports all educational efforts for contractors and homeowners that can result in safer living environments,” says Pember. “We recommend people with houses built prior to 1978 have their homes tested and seek out ways to prevent their families from potential lead poisoning and its harmful effects.”

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