Planning to buy, rent or renovate a home built before 1978? Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that contains lead (called lead-based paint). Lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards if not taken care of properly.
If you think your home might have lead hazards, read the following pages to learn some simple steps to protect your family:
Important Lead-Based Paint Facts
How Lead Enters and Affects Our Bodies
Check Your Family for Lead
Where Lead-Based Paint Can Be Found
Where Lead Is Likely To Be A Hazard
Checking Your Home for Lead Hazards
What You Can Do Now to Protect Your Family
How to Significantly Reduce Lead Hazards
Remodeling or Renovating a Home with Lead-Based Paint
Other Sources of Lead
For More Information
State Health and Environmental Agencies
Lead exposure can harm young children and babies even before they are born.
Even children that seem healthy can have high levels of lead in their bodies.
People can get lead in their bodies by breathing or swallowing lead dust, or by eating soil or paint chips with lead in them.
People have many options for reducing lead hazards. In most cases, lead-based paint that is in good condition is not a hazard.
Removing lead-based paint improperly can increase the danger to your family.
Lead from paint chips, which you can see, and lead dust, which you can't always see, can both be serious hazards.
Lead-based paint that is in good condition is usually not a hazard.
Peeling, chipping, chalking, or cracking lead-based paint is a hazard and needs immediate attention.
Lead-based paint may also be a hazard when found on surfaces that children can chew or that get a lot of wear-and-tear. These areas include:
Windows and window sills
Doors and door frames
Stairs, railings, and banisters
Porches and fences
Lead dust can form when lead based paint is dry scraped, dry sanded, or heated. Dust also forms when painted surfaces bump or rub together. Lead chips and dust can get on surfaces and objects that people touch. Settled lead dust can re-enter the air when people vacuum, sweep, or walk through it.
Lead in soil can be a hazard when children play in bare soil or when people bring soil into the house on their shoes. Call your state agency to find out about soil testing for lead.
You can get your home checked for lead hazards in one of two ways, or both:
A paint inspection tells you the lead content of every painted surface in your home. It won't tell you whether the paint is a hazard or how you should deal with it.
A risk assessment tells you if there are any sources of serious lead exposure (such as peeling paint and lead dust). It also tells you what actions to take to address these hazards.
Have qualified professionals do the work. The federal government is writing standards for inspectors and risk assessors
Some states might already have standards in place. Call your state agency for help with locating qualified professionals in your area.
Trained professionals use a range of methods when checking your home, including:
Visual inspection of paint condition and location
Lab tests of paint samples
Surface dust tests
A portable x-ray florescence machine
All lead hazard information contained herein reproduced from the United States Environmental Protection Agency booklet entitled "Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home". Co-Authored by the U.S. EPA and the U.S. CPSC, Washington, D.C. Information on this web site pertaining to lead hazards is based upon current scientific and technical understanding of the issues presented and is reflective of the jurisdictional boundaries established by the statutes governing the co-authoring agencies. Following the advice given will not necessarily provide complete protection in all situations or against all health hazards that can be caused by lead exposure.
Steve Hatfield, REALTOR, ABR, CRS
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