don't do anything until you get some info. Lead paint is a hazard to adult
as well as kids.
Remediation is pretty easy - you scrape/sand/strip as usualy, but with one
excepstion: the dust that you create is really toxic, so you need to keep
everything wet while you work (this will turn the dust into mud, which can
be contained). Collect up all the mud, and either bury it somewhere that you
don't care about, or mix it with plaster to make is solid, and throw it out.
Once you've finished stripping, plan on "rinsing" the entire interior of hte
house to get rid of any dust that got away. - I spnge and a lot of clean
water will do a good job here.
The risk is that the dust will be very fine, so breathing it gets it into
your system. the reason kids are more prone to lead toxicity is becuase they
like the (sweet) taste of the paint, so if its chipping or pealing, they
will nibble at it. The other hazard is to kids that are at the stage where
everything goes into their mouth - the kids crawls along the floor, and
sticks everything they find into their mouth. Of course, everythign on the
flor has a fine coating of lead dust.... The dust is usually worst when door
or windows are painted with lead paint. the friction of opening and closing
the door/window abrades off very fine particles that hang in the air and
drift all over the house...
Just so that you know what your getting into: the treatment for adult lead
poisening is to check into the hospital, and take a slew of nasty drugs that
chelate the lead in your system, allowing it to be excreted (yes, you sill
be shi**ing a literal lead brick). Of course, the side effects of the meds
include horrible headaches, vomiting, and pretty much the crappiest week or
two you will ever spend this side of ICU. Oh yeah, and IV feeding because
you can't keep anything down....
Lower doses of lead are treated by taking mega doses of iron, which will
either give you diarhea like you can't imagine, or constipate you beyond
belief, depending on your physiollogy.
The extra hazard that kids have is that up to about 6-8 years old, thier
brains are still developing, and the lead interferes with the development.
the result is anything from very little (for very low doses) to sever
retardation for large doses. Oh yeah, and a really big dose will kill you...