• High amounts of contact with lead can be extremely dangerous, especially in children under 6
• The most common household lead exposure can come from paint in homes built prior to 1978
• Exposure can also come from petroleum, dust on window sills, and soil
• In addition to Federal guidelines, each state has it's own lead requirements so be sure you are familiar with your state's requirements
If you are planning on hiring out a home renovation or repair, you need to know about the New EPA Lead-Safe Certification that was enacted earlier this year. The EPA certified over 500,000 lead-safe renovators trained in lead-safe practices and oversees the clean-up if your home contains any amount of lead, so be sure to ask your contractor if they have been trained and certified!
If you are brave enough to do a remodel yourself, you are not covered under the new rule and if you have any questions about lead in your own home, you can purchase a lead testing kit from any home improvement store near you.