Simonton Windows® Launches YouTube™ Awareness Video on Lead Dust Poisoning in Homes

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To educate homeowners on the dangers of lead-based paint inside the home, Simonton Windows® has introduced a new Lead RRP (Renovation, Repair and Painting) YouTube™ awareness video on lead dust poisoning in the home.

Homeowner Rob Fanjoy replaced his home's older windows with Simonton vinyl replacement windows.

Young children, who crawl on the floor where the lead dust has settled, can be especially at risk.
- Rick Nevin
National Center for Healthy Housing

Leading vinyl window and patio door manufacturer Simonton Windows® has launched a new Lead RRP (Renovation, Repair and Painting) YouTube™ video to educate homeowners on the dangers of homes built prior to 1978 with lead-based paint. The informative one-minute message can be viewed at

“An estimated 30 million homes in the United States today still contain lead-based paint, which can be extremely harmful, especially to children,” says Gary Pember, vice president of marketing for Simonton Windows. “The friction created by opening and closing windows and doors coated in lead-based paint can generate lead dust, which contaminates the household. This harmful dust can be inhaled and inadvertently spread to other areas of the home.”

According to Rick Nevin, a consultant to the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH), the worst news is that young children, who crawl on floors and have hand-to-mouth contact, are especially susceptible to the harmful effects of lead poisoning. “Research indicates that the everyday activity of opening and closing windows creates friction that then allows invisible lead dust to enter the air,” says Nevin.

“Young children, who crawl on the floor where the lead dust has settled, can be especially at risk,” according to Nevin. “Toddlers put their hands in their mouths ... and after playing on the floor near a window, they can easily transfer the lead dust into their mouths. The ingested lead travels through the bloodstream to a child’s developing brain, causing many types of neurobehavioral damage.”

The awareness video created by Simonton Windows at has been posted on YouTube to educate homeowners and encourage them to review their homes for lead paint issues. Simonton also offers free materials and more information on lead safe issues at its website at

Celebrating its 65th year of quality manufacturing operations in 2011, Simonton Windows produces ENERGY STAR® qualified replacement and new construction windows and doors, including a line of impact-resistant products. Simonton ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Windows and Doors, Two Years in a Row” in the J.D. Power and Associates 2010-2011 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Studies SM. Simonton was also ranked #1 in quality in the 2009, 2007, 2002 and 1998 Brand Use Studies sponsored by Builder magazine and has won three Best In Class Awards administered by LBM Journal Research Institute.

Founded in 1946, Simonton’s hallmark has been to deliver the industry’s shortest, most dependable lead-times. Part of Fortune Brand Home & Security (NYSE: FBHS), Simonton delivers award-recognized products nationwide to key markets throughout the 48 continental United States. Simonton is a founding sponsor of The Weather Museum and a supporter of Homes for Our Troops. For information, call (800) SIMONTON (1-800-746-6686) or visit

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Simonton Windows received the highest numerical score among window and door manufacturers in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2010-2011 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction StudiesSM. 2011 study based on responses from 2,605 consumers measuring 11 brands and measures opinions of consumers who purchased new windows or patio doors in the previous 12 months. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in March-April 2011. Your experiences may vary. Visit
ENERGY STAR is a government program that helps consumers protect the environment through superior energy efficiency and is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


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