The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) today released a new study that compares window replacement to window repair as a strategy for reducing lead paint hazards in the home.
According to the report issued by NCHH (see the story at http://www.nchh.org/tabid/139/default.aspx?ContentID=142) results showed that there was significantly lower amounts of lead dust in homes where all the windows were replaced 12 years ago compared to homes where windows had been repaired.
In homes where all the windows windows were replaced there was 41 percent lower floor dust levels and 51 percent lower window sill dust levels as compared to homes where windows had only been repaired. Dust is a primary source of lead exposure to children because they crawl and have hand-to-mouth behavior. This is especially of concern in homes that were constructed prior to 1978.
Simonton Windows offers more information on lead safety at www.simonton.com/leadsafe.