Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home
Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that contains lead (called lead-base paint). Lead from paint chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards if not taken care of properly.
By 1996, federal law will require that individuals receive certain information before renting, buying, or renovating pre-1978 housing:
Sellers will have to disclose known information on lead-based paint hazards before selling a house. Sales contracts will include a federal form about lead-based paint in the building. Buyers will have up to 10 days to check for lead hazards.
Fact: Lead exposure can harm young children and babies even before they are born.
Fact: Even children that seem healthy can have high levels of lead in their bodies.
Fact: People can get lead in their bodies by breathing or swallowing lead dust or by eating soil or paint chips with lead in them.
Fact: People have many options for reducing lead hazards. In most cases, lead-based paint that is in good condition is not a hazard.
Fact: Removing lead-based paint improperly can increase the danger to your family.
If you think your home might have lead hazards, read this to learn some simple steps to protect your family.
LEAD GETS IN THE BODY IN MANY WAYS
People can get lead in their body if they:
Lead is even more dangerous to children than adults because:
HOW TO SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE LEAD HAZARDS
In addition to day-to-day cleaning and good nutrition:
To permanently remove lead hazards, you must hire a lead "abatement" contractor. Abatement (or permanent hazard elimination) methods include removing, sealing, or enclosing lead-based paint with special materials. Just painting over the hazard with regular paint is not enough.
Always hire a person with special training for correcting lead problems-someone who knows how to do this work safely and has the proper equipment to clean up thoroughly. If possible, hire a certified lead abatement contractor. Certified contractors will employ qualified workers and follow strict safety rules as set by their state or by the federal government.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
The National Lead Information Center
For other information on lead hazards, call the center's clearinghouse at 1-800-424-LEAD. For the hearing impaired, call, TDD 1-800-526-5456 (Fax:202-659-1192, Internet: EHC@CAIS.COM).
EPA'S Safe Drinking Water Hotline
Consumer Product Safety Commission Hotline