3M LeadCheck Swabs are EPA recognized for use on wood, metal, drywall, and plaster. This means only one test is needed to reliably determine that regulated lead-based paint is not present on most surfaces. When lead is detected, 3M LeadCheck Swabs turn red. Red means lead! These tests are inexpensive and easy to use and results are obtained in approximately 30 seconds. The odorless and disposable swabs are simple to use: just crush, shake, and swab. Each kit contains test confirmation cards to verify individual test results. In just seconds, you will know if lead-safe practices are required. Test for lead on painted surfaces such as drywall, plaster, wood, metal, steel structures, vinyl, and other plastics.
The DIYer should be aware of the major health issues resulting from lead exposure. Before starting your project, test for lead by using 3M LeadCheck Swabs. Next, minimize the inhalation of dust particles by using dust masks and respirators. This will safeguard your family from unsafe levels of lead accumulation. Finally, contain the dust to the work area, which is essential, along with a proper cleanup that will minimize airborne dust and keep your family healthy.
Over 38 million homes were built with lead-based paint prior to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission ban on lead use for residential purposes in 1977. Lead is most often transmitted via dust particles, which can be invisible to the human eye. Lead can affect children’s brain and nervous system development, causing reduced IQ, learning disabilities, and behavioral issues. Projects that disturb painted surfaces can create dust and endanger your family unless the proper safety precautions are taken.