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Contact: Terry Collins
Canadian Environmental Law Association

Old Paint Peeling

Caption: Caution is needed when dealing with paint in older homes. Without adequate training and precaution, however, renovators, energy retrofitters and do-it-yourselfers who disturb lead-based paint, asbestos insulation and other toxic materials in older buildings put the health of all -- especially children -- living there at risk of serious health impacts. Lead exposure can potentially lead to lowered intelligence and worse; asbestos exposure can potentially lead to debilitating long term illness, and certain materials used in renovation can increase other health risks, experts warn.

Credit: CELA

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