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Lead Paint Regulations

Exposure to lead can happen in a number of ways. Lead dust can be inhaled or swallowed and can harm anyone who is exposed to it, even unborn children. Lead poisoning can damage the nervous system, effect muscle growth and coordination, cause high blood pressure, digestive problems, and more. The highest risk for exposure is in homes built before 1978, when lead-based paint was generally used. The areas of the home that need the most attention are the ones that see the most wear, such as windows, doors, stairs/railings, and porches. These areas are more susceptible to paint peeling or chipping away.

 

There are safe and effective ways of reducing lead hazards, including lead-based paint encapsulation and abatement. Lead paint abatement procedures include removing, sealing, or covering lead paint in order to lower the risk of lead dust or lead paint chipping away and exposing the harmful substance. A professional should always be brought in to handle lead paint abatement before painting over lead paint.

 

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set the following regulations when coming in contact with lead-based paint:

  • Landlords must alert renters of any known cases of lead-based paint hazards in their establishments before a lease goes into effect. All leases must also disclose all related lead-based paint information.
  • Those selling a home must also disclose all known information regarding the use of lead-based paint in the home. The sales contract must include this information, and buyers have ten days to check for lead.
  • Contractors or homeowners need to know the risks of working around or removing lead paint before renovations are made to any building or home containing more than two square feet of painted surfaces.

There are a number of steps you can take to protect your family from dangerous lead hazards, including, but not limited to:

  • Have your home tested for lead.
  • Fix surfaces with peeling or chipping paint.
  • Contact a professional to safely remove lead-based paint.

There are lead-based paint encapsulation products on the market that make it safe and easy to lower the risk of harmful exposure. Lead Stop® Lead Encapsulating Compound from Dumond Chemicals meets the U.S. H.U.D regulations for encapsulating lead paint safely and effectively.

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