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PROTECT YOUR FAMILY FROM
LEAD IN YOUR HOME

If you think your home has high levels of lead:

ARE YOU PLANNING TO BUY, RENT, OR RENOVATE A HOME BUILT BEFORE 1978?

Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that contains lead (called lead-based paint). Lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards if not taken care of properly. By 1996, federal law will require that individuals receive certain information before renting, buying, or renovating pre-1978 housing:

LANDLORDS will have to disclose known information on lead-based paint hazards before leases take effect. Leases will include a federal form about lead-based paint.

SELLERS will have to disclose known information on lead-based paint hazards before selling a house. Sales contracts willinclude a federal form about lead-based paint in the building. Buyers will have up to 10 days to check for lead hazards.

RENOVATORS will have to give you this pamphlet before starting work.

If you want more information on these requirements, call the National Lead Information Clearinghouse at 1-800-424-LEAD.

IMPORTANT LEAD PAINT FACTS

*Lead From Paint, Dust, and Soil Can Be Dangerous If Not Managed Properly*

FACT: Lead exposure can harm young children and babies even before they are born.

FACT: Even children that seem healthy can have high levels of lead in their bodies.

FACT: People can get lead in their bodies by breathing or swallowing lead dust, or by eating soil or paint chips with lead in them.

FACT: People have many options for reducing lead hazards. In most cases, lead-based paint that is in good condition is not a hazard.

FACT: Removing lead-based paint improperly can increase the danger to your family.

If you think your home might have lead hazards, read this pamphlet to learn some simple steps to protect your family.

LEAD GETS IN THE BODY IN MANY WAYS

*1 out of every 11 children in the United States has dangerous levels of lead in the blood stream.*

*Even children who appear healthy can have dangerous levels of lead.*

People can get lead in their body if they:

Lead is even more dangerous to children than adults because:Lead's Effects

If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from:

Lead is also harmful to adults. Adults can suffer from:*Lead affects the body in many ways.*

CHECKING YOUR FAMILY FOR LEAD

*Get your children tested if you think your home has high levels of lead.*

A simple blood test can detect high levels of lead. Blood tests are important for:

If your child is older than 1 year, talk to your doctor about whether your child needs testing.

Your doctor or health center can do blood tests. They are inexpensive and sometimes free. Your doctor will explain what the test results mean. Treatment can range from changes in your diet to medication or a hospital stay.

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Written by: The Environmental Protection Agency


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