Good morning boys and girls! Today I have a tale with a moral for you. So, go ahead and gather round and put on your listening ears. For those who are excellent listeners I will have a special surprise giveaway for you at the end! Hint, hint:
He spent about 15 minutes with his snout held high, then pronounced her home safe. But, she didn’t feel safe. So she called Mr. Tongue. He claimed to be the most professional expert lead paint detection service in the area.
He spent 20 minutes licking every painted surface in her home and then gave her a licked stamp of “lead-free” approval for her home.
She was still a bit concerned so she contacted Eyeball Lead Paint Detector. He told her to rest easy because he could spot lead paint in a snow storm while blind-folded!
He spent only 10 minutes searching her home. His eyes blinked quickly as he scanned each room. Then he told her that he hadn’t seen a speck of lead paint.
Mrs. Noggin felt better and settled down for her coffee and some YouTube browsing.
That’s when she stumbled upon this video:
Poor Mrs. Noggin. She should have watched the video before calling the “so-called” experts.
Didn’t she know? Lead is not detectable by taste, smell or sight.
The moral of the story boys and girls is to use your head to detect lead! Spend a few bucks to purchase your own 3M Lead Check Paint Tester Kit. You’ll have the results in seconds and avoid costly testing.
In all seriousness, if you test and the results are positive, you should definitely call an expert if the lead is on a surface in your home (doors, windows, trim moulding, floors, etc.) Lead paint removal is best left to the professionals who can safely remove and dispose of the paint properly.
For items that can be thrown away like toys, furniture or other items, contact your local solid waste management facility to determine how to properly dispose of the item.
I contacted our county’s solid waste management department and was told that our landfill can accept lead painted furniture as long as the lead paint is not in liquid, fine chips or powder form. They told me I don’t need to bag it, but I did anyway because I don’t want anyone to accidentally be exposed. And I am fearful that a curbside treasure hunter may unknowingly take home my lead laden pedestal.
I also called the National Lead Information Center and asked about my green cabinet that had tested positive for lead paint (but the paint is in good shape.) The representative told me that I can coat the cabinet in polyurethane to protect myself and my kids. I will definitely not sand it which would cause the lead particles to become airborne. Instead I’ll gently clean the surface with a disposable wipe. Then once it is dry I will coat it with multiple layers of polyurethane.
She did recommend having my children tested for lead in their system. Unfortunately the most accurate test requires a blood draw from a vein. ;-( Ouch.
Now for the fun stuff! Remember this post about the 3M Couple Speak competition? Well, the contest is still going strong. There are some hilarious translations and videos highlighting the ways that couples communicate (or should I say “miscommunicate!”) Hurry up and enter to be eligible to win a weekly prize of $250 for the best translation or a grand prize of $5,000 for the top two videos!
3M Frameworks is also kind enough to offer one package of 3M products for one of my “good listeners!”
1 Roll of Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape
3 Stages of Sanding (green, maroon, gold sandpaper)
1 pair of gloves,
So, here are your instructions, listen carefully:
In order to participate in the product giveaway you must:
1) Participate in the translation sweepstakes being hosted on the 3M Framework Facebook Page (simply “Like” the page to participate).
2) Post a comment on my blog post saying that you participated, and leave your entered translation in the comment.
A winner will be chosen at random the end of the day Sunday, Sept. 18th
I can’t wait to hear all your funny transations! I need some good cheering up since learning that I have to throw away my chippy pedestal.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post paid for by 3M. All the ideas and information about the story and lead paint testing are mine. I am passionate about sharing information with others to keep you and your loved ones safe from lead paint poisoning. Therefore, I would have written this post even if it wasn’t sponsored.
For more information about lead paint contact one of these resources:
National Lead Information Center: 1-800-424-LEAD
Consumer Product Safety Commission: 1-800-638-2772