Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home
Simple Steps To Protect Your Family
From Lead Hazards
If you think your home has high levels of lead:
◆ Get your young children tested for lead, even if they seem healthy.
◆ Wash children’s hands, bottles, pacifiers, and toys often…
Where Lead-Based Paint Is Found
Many homes built before 1978 have leadbased paint. The federal government banned lead-based paint from housing in 1978. Some states stopped its use even earlier. Lead can be found:
◆ In homes in the city, country, or suburbs.
◆ In apartments, single-family homes, and both private and public housing…
Identifying Lead Hazards
Lead-based paint is usually not a hazard if it is in good condition, and it is not on an impact or friction surface, like a window. It is defined by the federal government as paint with lead levels greater than or equal to 1.0 milligram per square centimeter, or more than 0.5% by weight. Deteriorating lead-based paint (peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking or damaged) is a hazard and needs immediate attention. It may also be a hazard when found on surfaces that children can chew or that get a lot of wear-and-tear, such as:
◆ Windows and window sills.
◆ Doors and door frames…
Checking Your Home for Lead
You can get your home tested for lead in several different ways:
◆ A paint inspection tells you whether your home has lead-based paint and where it is located. It won’t tell you whether or not your home currently has lead hazards.
◆ A risk assessment tells you if your home currently has any lead hazards from lead in paint, dust, or soil. It also tells you what actions to take to address any hazards…
What You Can Do Now To Protect
If you suspect that your house has lead hazards, you can take some immediate steps to reduce your family’s risk:
◆ If you rent, notify your landlord of peeling or chipping paint.
◆ Clean up paint chips immediately…
Reducing Lead Hazards In The Home
In addition to day-to-day cleaning and good nutrition:
◆ To permanently remove lead hazards,you should hire a certified lead “abatement” contractor. Abatement (or permanent hazard elimination) methods include removing, sealing, or enclosing lead-based paint with special materials. Just painting over the hazard with regular paint is not permanent removal. Always hire a person with special training for correcting lead problems—someone who knows how to do this work safely and has the proper equipment to clean up thoroughly. Certified contractors will employ qualified workers and follow strict safety rules as set by their state or by the federal government…
Remodeling or Renovating a Home With
Take precautions before your contractor or you begin remodeling or renovating anything that disturbs painted surfaces (such as scraping off paint or tearing out walls):
◆ Have the area tested for lead-based paint.
◆ Do not use a belt-sander, propane torch, high temperature heat gun, dry scraper, or dry sandpaper to remove lead-based paint. These actions create large amounts of lead dust and fumes. Lead dust can remain in your home long after the work is done…
Other Sources of Lead
◆ Drinking water. Your home might have plumbing with lead or lead solder. Call your local health department or water supplier to find out about testing your water. You cannot see, smell, or taste lead, and boiling your water will not get rid of lead. If you think your plumbing might have lead in it:
• Use only cold water for drinking and cooking…
This has been a summary of the very useful pamphlet from HUD. To read the lengthy pamphlet, click here.
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