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The Dangers of Paint Fumes

Paint has long been considered one of the biggest villains in a home. Many older homes have paint that contains lead in them which can be a significant hazard to the health of everyone in the home. Paint fumes are not always a huge hazard to the health of residents. The level of danger of the paint fumes used varies on the type of paint used.

The most important thing to consider when assessing the hazards or dangers of a can of paint is the type of solvent used to make the paint into a liquid. The least dangerous type of paint, in terms of potential dangers from the fumes, is a latex-based paint. This type of paint is commonly used in households and has a very low health hazard for inhaling fumes.

Oil based paints that have VOC’s, or volatile organic compounds, in them increase the chances of health problems by ten. The worst possible type of paint to use, in terms of health hazards, is an epoxy or melamine based coating. When using a melamine or epoxy based paint, it is crucial that the person painting wear a special mask that blocks the fumes. Fortunately, this type of paint is not used in homes ever.

All paint cans must be labeled with the necessary cautions and protective measures that are necessary for the type of paint contained inside. The labels also include the methods that will prevent the health dangers and hazards of paint.

Contact a Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured by paint fumes from improper ventilation or improperly labeled paint cans, contact a Cincinnati personal injury attorney from Stepleton Dugan, LLC at 513-321-7733.

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6071 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45213
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