COLUMBUS, OHIO – Simonton Windows, one of the nation’s leading vinyl window and patio door manufacturers, encourages homeowners to educate themselves about possible poison exposure from lead-based paints and products used in the original construction of older homes. Experts at Simonton especially recommend that homeowners hire contractors certified in lead safe practices who can analyze and safely remove older windows coated with lead-based paint as part of a replacement project.
“National Poison Prevention Week (March 18-24, 2012) is the ideal time to shine the spotlight on proper procedures for lead-safe practices and other steps targeted at preventing lead poisoning in children and adults,” says Gary Pember, vice president of marketing for Simonton Windows. “Unfortunately when it comes time to replace some older windows, lead paint can be disturbed, creating lead dust and chips. Homeowners should seek out professional contractors who are trained and certified to follow specific work practices to help prevent lead contamination inside, outside, and around the home during remodeling work. This includes replacing older windows.”
Pember reminds homeowners that danger from lead poisoning doesn’t come just from the process of replacing older windows in the home. “The friction created by opening and closing windows and doors coated in lead-based paint can generate lead dust, which may contaminate the household,” says Pember. “This harmful dust can be inhaled and inadvertently spread to other areas of the home. An estimated 30 million homes in the United States today still contain lead-based paint, which can be extremely harmful, especially to children. One of the very best ways to remove the source cause of this dust is through total window replacement. Vinyl windows and doors are a safe, long-lasting, ideal alternative.”
A lead safety awareness video created by Simonton Windows is available for viewing at www.YouTube.com/simontonwindows to educate homeowners and encourage them to review their homes for lead paint issues. Simonton also offers free materials and more information on lead safe issues at its website at http://www.simonton.com/leadsafe. The National Poison Prevention Week awareness campaign is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that may disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 to be certified. This training includes taking an eight-hour training course from an EPA-approved training provider.
“Simonton supports all educational efforts for contractors and homeowners that can result in safer living environments,” says Pember. “We recommend people with houses built prior to 1978 have their homes tested and seek out ways to prevent their families from potential lead poisoning and its harmful effects. This year’s 50th annual National Poison Prevention Week is an ideal time to contact your local health departments to ask for information on blood-level testing and educational programs in your area.”
Simonton Windows produces ENERGY STAR® qualified replacement and new construction windows and doors, including a line of impact-resistant products. Simonton ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Windows and Doors, Two Years in a Row” in the J.D. Power and Associates 2010-2011 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Studies SM.
Simonton was also ranked #1 in quality in the 2009, 2007, 2002 and 1998 Brand Use Studies sponsored by Builder magazine and has won three Best In Class Awards administered by LBM Journal Research Institute.
Founded in 1946, Simonton’s hallmark has been to deliver the industry’s shortest, most dependable lead-times. Part of Fortune Brand Home & Security (NYSE: FBHS), Simonton delivers award-recognized products nationwide to key markets throughout the 48 continental United States. Simonton is a founding sponsor of The Weather Museum and a supporter of Homes for Our Troops. For information, call (800) SIMONTON (1-800-746-6686) or visit www.simonton.com.