Three things you should know about paint safety


Did you know that some paint has toxic qualities?

This is not only true for paint today, but if you have an older home you should be educated on paint safety as well. 

Here are three things you should know!

1. Lead Paint

If your home was built before 1960, there could be lead paint on the interior. 

Additionally, the government says on their website, “If built between 1960 and 1990, the exterior may contain lead-based paint. The paint on interior surfaces may also contain lead in smaller amounts that could still be harmful, especially to young children.”

If you suspect lead paint is a problem in your home talk to a professional for advice on next steps. 

2. VOCs

VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compound. 

These can sometimes be found in paint. 

The Spruce said, “Exposure to VOCs in ​paint can trigger asthma attacks, eye irritation, respiratory problems, nausea, and dizziness, among other symptoms. Prolonged exposure has been linked to kidney and liver disease and even cancer.”

Click the link above to read more about the standards and options for paint that is either low VOC or VOC free. 

3. Other Air Contaminants

VOCs are not the only concern when it comes to air contaminants from paint. 

The Spruce also said, “Among the primary contaminants of indoor air are the paints, varnishes, and solvents we use that contain volatile organic compounds, or VOCs.”

Painting is usually seen as a DIY project, but sometimes it isn’t that simple! If you want help with a painting project or are worried about safety, use our app to connect with a trusted professional. 


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