Lead Safe Work Practices
About three-quarters of houses and apartments built before 1978 contain lead-based
paint, which is the leading cause of lead poisoning.
When properly managed and maintained, lead paint poses little risk. Chipping, peeling
or cracking lead paint needs immediate attention. If you rent, talk to your landlord
about fixing these surfaces.
Removing lead paint improperly can increase the danger to your family. Only a certified
lead abatement contractor can remove lead safely.
Are you planning to move or renovate soon? Federal law requires that individuals
receive a pamphlet from the EPA called "Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home"
before renting, buying or renovating houses or apartments built before 1978.
Landlords have to disclose known information on lead-based paint and lead-based
paint hazards before leases take effect. leases must include a disclosure form about
Sellers have to disclose known information on lead-based paint and lead-based paint
hazards before selling a house. Sales and contracts must include a disclosure form
about lead-based paint. Buyers have up to 10 days to check for lead hazards.
Anyone you hire for renovation has to give you a pamphlet from the EPA called "Protect
Your Family from Lead in Your Home".