“Four years ago, when Stephanie Senese noticed a bargain on a historic home in the Five Points neighborhood, she jumped on it.
“(The seller) said it hasn’t hit the market and I said we’ll take it,” she said. “That was about as much thinking as a I did.”
The home, which was built in 1890, was in disrepair. It needed major structural work, new plumbing and a new roof. And, of course, being an older home, it had lead-based paint. But Senese didn’t worry until her son Vincent’s blood test came back with elevated lead levels.
“We’re only educated about things like not eating paint chips, and my baby wasn’t eating paint chips, he wasn’t drinking the water,” Senese said.
The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment said most homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint, and in many homes it’s been removed or painted over. But it can still cause concerns because of lead dust.
“It’s the constant opening and closing of doors and windows — that friction creates dust,” said Mariea Singleton, who manages the city’s Lead Hazard Control Program. “A lot of people don’t clean their window sills nor window troughs, so it just hangs out.””
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Brady, Nicole. Channel 7 News 20 March 2019.