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Lead - Based Paint

If your house was built before 1980, it is very possible that it contains lead-based paint, either as a top coat or in older paint layers.  If this paint is disturbed through renovation or repair procedures, or is in poor condition (peeling, flaking or cracking), lead, which is dangerous if ingested or inhaled, will be present in dust and debris. Young children are especially vulnerable to the effects of lead and should not be allowed anywhere near renovation work areas when dealing with lead-based paint.

If your home was built before 1980 and you are thinking about conducting renovation or repair projects, or know that you have deteriorating paint in your house, it is strongly recommend that you check the paint in your home for lead.  Through the Flin Flon Community Health Project, free lead-paint test kits are available at McMunn & Yates located at 1 Park Rd. in Flin Flon.  Any questions about using the test kits can be directed to

If you test the paint in your house, and it does contain lead, we strongly recommended that you hire a professional to perform all home renovations and repairs.  Trained professional contractors know how to safely handle lead-based paint and minimize the spread of harmful dust and debris.

To read about the procedures that should be followed when dealing with lead-based paint, please click here for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Lead in Your Home Guide.

HEPA filter vacuums should be used when working with lead-based paint and are now available for rent from Hudbay through the Flin Flon Community Health Project. Vacuums can be rented by either contractors or residents of Flin Flon/Creighton at no charge. For more information about renting a HEPA filter vacuum please click here.

To download the Flin Flon Community Health Project fact sheet on lead-based paint, please click here.

Pick-up your FREE lead paint test kit at
McMunn & Yates before the end of August and enter to win a Winnipeg Jets jersey!

For more info visit McMunn & Yates at 1 Park Ave., or email

Want to read up on safe renovation tips and techniques? Click here for more information.



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