Lead-based Paint

Homes built prior to 1978 could have lead-based paint. Some mini-blinds may also contain lead. Lead may place children at risk of developing lead poisoning. Sellers of homes built prior to 1978 should use a separate Lead-Based Paint or Lead-Based Paint Hazard Addendum for the contract of sale and you should be provided the EPA pamphlet Protect Your Family from Lead in Your House.

Lead exposure is serious business. To protect you and your family from lead hazards, a certified risk assessor can assist you in reviewing the report, and help you decide whether abatement (eliminating lead hazards completely) or continued good maintenance (managing potential lead hazards) is a better option for you. If you decide to abate, be sure to hire a trained and certified abatement contractor.  If you choose to manage your lead paint in place, you will need to regularly inspect and maintain your paint, and be sure to hire only lead-safe certified home contractors when you have any work done that will disturb lead-based paint.  A competent lead-based paint professional will be know how to work safely and will have proof of certification.

  • Your child has been diagnosed as having lead poisoning. The most common home-based source of lead exposure is deteriorating lead-based paint and the resulting dust.
  • You live in a home built before 1978 where small children are or will be living.
  • You are about to remodel or do anything that will disturb lead-based paint or generate lead-based paint dust and chips that can harm you and your family.
  • You are renting or buying a home. When buying a home, federal law allows the purchaser the opportunity to conduct testing to determine whether lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards are present. This is especially important if you have (or plan to have) young children in the home. Learn your rights before buying a home!!
  • You are concerned about possible lead exposure to you, your family and pets, or visitors.