Lead Paint Safety – Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The EPA, and federal law, require individuals performing any renovations of areas that disturb lead-based paint in housing, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978. If it is not known if lead paint exists, a test must be performed by a Certified Renovation Firm to prevent lead contamination during renovations leading to any health risks (exemptions may apply, ask for details).
How can replacing the windows or doors in my home built before 1978 create a health risk?
When a window is replaced in a structure with lead paint surrounding, and sometimes touching or on the window itself, the removal process can create dust from the older, deteriorating lead-based paint and most likely will become airborne. This can be hazardous if breathed or ingested into the body in larger than normal quantities, specifically to the individuals installing the windows/doors or children and elderly present. However, lead can be brought into your homes in other ways, such as outside soil, local tap water, and other household items, chemicals, and products.
My home was built after 1978, but I don’t know if lead paint is present.
Lead-based paints were banned for residential use in 1978. However, if your home is older than 30 years old and you are unsure, it would be in you, and your household’s best interest, to have a lead test performed.
More information on Lead-Safe Certified Remodeling.