Karma Home Designs is a Lead Safe Certified Firm

Your contractor should provide you with this handout before any work is to begin! Renovation Brochure

 

Facts

Homes built before 1978, have a good chance of containing lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning.

  • Lead paint is still present in millions of homes, usually under layers of newer paint. If the paint is in good shape, the lead paint is usually not a problem. Deteriorating lead-based paint (peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking, damaged, or damp) is a hazard and needs immediate attention. Also during remodeling, many homeowners and contractors are exposed to lead poisioning.

  • 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

    • Stairs, railings, banisters, and porches

  • Be sure to keep all paint in excellent shape and clean up dust frequently. 

  • Lead in household dust results from indoor sources such as deteriorating lead-based paint.

  • Lead dust can also be tracked into the home from soil outside that is contaminated by deteriorated exterior lead-based paint and other lead sources.

  • Renovation, repair or painting activities can create toxic lead dust when painted surfaces are disturbed or demolished. 

  • Pipes and solder — Lead is used in some water service lines and household plumbing materials. Lead can leach, or enter the water, as water flows through the plumbing. Lead pipes and lead solder were commonly used until 1986. 

Common renovation, repair, and painting activities that disturb lead-based paint (like sanding, cutting, replacing windows, and more) can create hazardous lead dust and chips which can be harmful to adults and children. Home repairs that create even a small amount of lead dust are enough to poison your child and put your family at risk.

Hire a Lead Certified Contractor. ITS THE LAW!

Common renovation, repair, and painting activities that disturb lead-based paint (like sanding, cutting, replacing windows, and more) can create hazardous lead dust and chips which can be harmful to adults and children. Home repairs that create even a small amount of lead dust are enough to poison your child and put your family at risk.

Federal law requires contractors that disturb painted surfaces in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Always ask to see your contractor’s certification. Federal law requires that individuals receive certain information before renovating more than six square feet of painted surfaces in a room for interior projects or more than twenty square feet of painted surfaces for exterior projects or window replacement or demolition in housing, child care facilities and schools built before 1978. 

 

 Child care facilities, including preschools and kindergarten classrooms, and the families of children under six years of age that attend those facilities: renovators must provide a copy of this pamphlet to child care facilities and general renovation information to families whose children attend those facilities.

The Facts About Lead

Lead can affect children’s brains and developing nervous systems, causing reduced IQ, learning disabilities, and behavioral problems. Lead is also harmful to adults.

 

Lead in dust is the most common way people are exposed to lead. People can also get lead in their bodies from lead in soil or paint chips. Lead dust is often invisible.

 

Lead-based paint was used in more than 38 million homes until it was banned for residential use in 1978.

 

Projects that disturb painted surfaces can create dust and endanger you and your family. Don’t let this happen to you. Follow the practices described in the pamphlet above to protect you and your family.

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