If you are preparing for a renovation of any kind, and your house was built before 1978, you need to know about the dangers of Lead Poisoning and how it will affect your renovation. Before you allow any contractor to begin your project, make sure they are a Lead Safe EPA Certified Firm.
Federal law requires contractors that disturb painted surfaces in homes, child care facilities and schools, built before 1978 to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Always ask to see your contractor’s certification.
Facts About Lead
• Lead can affect children’s brains and developing nervous systems, causing reduced
IQ, learning disabilities, and behavioral problems. Lead is also harmful to adults.
• Lead in dust is the most common way people are exposed to lead. People can also
get lead in their bodies from lead in soil or paint chips. Lead dust is often invisible.
• Lead-based paint was used in more than 38 million homes until it was banned for
residential use in 1978.
• Projects that disturb painted surfaces can create dust and endanger you and your