Rules and Regulations

National Lead Awareness Week

Today, childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children.  Yet, one million children today are affected by lead poisoning.  Pregnant women are also vulnerable to lead poisoning.  There is a good chance that any home, building, school or daycare center built before 1978 contains lead paint.  Just a few particles of dust from lead-based paint are enough to poison a child; the effects can last a lifetime.

The disturbance of lead paint in home renovation creates lead dust.  Last year, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued lead paint rules governing the renovation of pre-1978 homes. Home renovation that disturbs lead paint should be handled by EPA-certified renovators, including Merrick Design and Build, who are trained in lead-safe work practices.  It is vitally important that you understand lead hazards and how your can protect yourself and your family from lead poisoning, particularly if you’ll be undergoing a home renovation.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is a professional trade association whose members advocate for consumer awareness and protection from lead poisoning.  As a NARI member and in commemoration of National Lead Awareness Week, which is happening from October 23-29, I would be happy to speak with you about the dangers of lead poisoning and how your can protect yourself and your family.

If you’d like more information or have any questions on this important topic, please contact me today at (301) 946-2356 or

David Merrick
Merrick Design and Build

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