Another start-of-year tradition here at Retro Renovation: A big reminder, everyone, to get informed and renovate safely. Renovating and remodeling our vintage and antique homes can be fun galore. But please always remember, there are many known potential hazards in surfaces and materials that you need to take personal responsibility to become knowledgeable about — consult with experts — so that you can make informed decisions about how to handle.
We all care very much about managing environmental and safety issues properly, so when undertaking any restoration project, be sure to familiarize yourself with and use recommended best practices. For example, the EPA hosts a website on lead in the home and a website on asbestos in the home. Some of the things that have come up on this blog over the years include: Lead – in various places… Asbestos – in various places… Electrical Safety… Untempered Glass…Window treatment cords… Radon…. I am not the expert, though, so don’t consider this a/the comprehensive list.
Also, here’s an article that came to my attention about potential lead hazards in ceramic tile:
- Ceramic Tile Institute Of America Field Report 2000-11-20 –Subject: Ceramic Tile Lead Hazards and Miscellaneous Other Lead Risks in Residential Remodeling and Construction, by Judson Bryant
Bottom line: Consult licensed professionals — know your house and what is in it… and where… in all its layers… and also about the proper disposal of debris, etc. Don’t be in a rush, or penny wise and pound foolish when it comes to your and your family’s safety and health.