Homeowners

What Homeowners Need to Know About Lead Paint

If you live in a home built before 1978 and you’re thinking about remodeling, Keep your family safe from the dangers of lead exposure by hiring an EPA “Lead-Safe” Certified Renovator.

In 2010, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enacted rules for professional contractors to help protect children from the dangers of lead dust exposure. Projects like replacing windows, installing cabinets, or putting an addition on your home can create dust from lead paint that may have been used in the past.

Contractors can be trained and certified by the EPA on how to contain dust – and minimize the dangers of lead dust exposure – during remodeling.

The EPA website, or your local home builders’ association, can provide a list of “Lead-Safe” certified remodelers in your area.

The EPA website also has resources to educate you on the health effects of lead, warning signs to look for, and other tips on how to protect your family.

If you’re having any work done, make sure your contractor uses a lead testing kit to insure compliance – and keep the results of any lead tests to share with the next owner when you sell your home.

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