House paint is for decorating not painting, says woman who’s ‘really scared’ of her future
An Ontario woman is concerned her life will be changed forever by the paint she paints on her house.
The painting business is the only occupation she has left.
The paint used on the walls of the house, located in the community of L’Aigle-Lavignac, Ont., is made of a high-grade acrylic called white gold.
It is meant to add colour to any home and has been used in other homes in Ontario, but she is concerned it will have a negative impact on her health.
“It is really hard to paint on a house and I am really scared for my health and I don’t want to have this painted on my house,” she said.
“I don’t know what I am going to do.”
The paint is supposed to be safe for people with respiratory conditions, such as asthma, and is used for everything from decorating to insulating the house.
“They’re supposed to only be for one person, but it is for people like myself and other people, who have respiratory issues,” she explained.
“The paint’s meant to be for people who have a condition and need a mask and to protect the skin, and not for people that don’t have respiratory problems.”
She is concerned the paint may also irritate the skin and even harm her eyesight.
“Some of the things I’m going to try to do is to paint a bit on the outside of the windows and the windows on the inside of the door so that it’s like a little curtain,” she added.
“If it does irritate me I might have to remove it.”
L’Aigue-Lavalin says she is trying to make sure the paint is safe for everyone, not just her, by educating herself about the risks of painting.
“We have a really small community here and there are some people who live in the same house and it’s kind of like they are like family,” she told CBC News.
“You know, it’s a little bit like being a second cousin.”
So you kind of have to really educate yourself.
“Lavalins house is painted in a manner that has left her worried, even though she’s painted with the same paint since she moved in.
She’s also worried about the paint’s potential to damage the house or its environment.”
That is why I’m so scared of painting on my property,” she warned.”
Because it is going to have such a negative effect on my health.
I can’t imagine how it will affect my health.
“Lavigne’s painting business isn’t the only business she’s been involved in in recent years, but there are concerns her painting business will also suffer if her business is closed down.”
People are really afraid, they are really scared that this will go away,” she recalled.”
And it’s not really safe for me, because my family members and I are all sick.
“But we have a couple of friends that live here, we have my husband who is my business partner and we’re going to be very, very close.”
There are no jobs here.
It’s just not safe.”‘
I’m not a criminal’Lavalines house paint business was created to help her pay her bills and support her husband.”
To be able to afford the house I have to do all the cleaning,” she admitted.”
When I have a little break, it would be great if I could take care of the whole house.
“In the past few years, the paint business has been affected by a fire and a flood in the summer.”
Sometimes it’s just been a little too hot for my family, and it has been really difficult, and I think a lot of it was because I don, like, painted so much,” she acknowledged.”
Even with the fire, it was a little warmer than usual, but we were able to stay in touch with them and we just have to make the best of it.
“The painting of the walls is not Lavalins only occupation, she also paints on the ceiling, in her basement, and the roof.
She said she painted the walls to help pay her rent and to decorate her home.”
In order to survive I have have to paint everything,” she laughed.”
My house is not going to last forever.
“She’s not alone.
The Association for Occupational and Environmental Health (AOEH) estimates that about 4.5 million Canadians have a respiratory condition.
It’s estimated that more than 50,000 people die prematurely each year from workplace exposure to COVID-19, a disease caused by the coronavirus.
It also said more than 9.2 million Canadians suffer from chronic respiratory problems, such the chronic cough, bronchitis and other chronic conditions.