What are the Dangers Of Lead Paint
Before the 1978 most household paint contained lead. The dangers of lead paint is that it can crumble and chip and turn to dust as it ages. Exposure to this dust can cause serious health issues especially for children and pregnant women. For this reason the Housing and Community Development Act put in place in 1992 requires that a seller must disclose lead-based paint to the buyer. It is best to assume that any home built prior to 1978 has lead paint on the walls.
The dangers of lead paint is even more of a concern if there are children in the home. As the paint deteriorates it releases lead both inside and outside the home. It will mix with dust and soil. Children can become ill by putting lead contaminated objects or paint chips into their mouths.
The Department of Health says ” lead paint on ceilings and walls is in good repair, then painting them or covering them with wallpaper may be all that is needed to keep the lead paint in place.”
But if you have purchased or are in escrow on a home built prior to 1980 it would be advisable to have the home tested. There are many companies that preform these tests and if you are concerned about your home then you should call one of them to see what your options are.
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