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  • Children and pregnant women should stay away from areas being renovated, to avoid being exposed to potentially harmful substances. 
  • Control and contain all dust. Seal off the rest of the house from the renovation site with plastic sheeting and duct tape and close heating and cooling vents. particularly in older homes (built before 1978), renovation dust can contain high levels of lead, which is toxic to the developing brain.
  • Choose less toxic paints, finishes and glues. Look for products labeled “VOC-free,” “zero-VOC” or “low-VoC.” open the windows and use fans to bring in fresh air during and after use of these products.
  • Keep your work clothes and shoes in a separate hamper, or in a shed or garage. wash them separately from other laundry.

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