Lead Paint and Home Improvement

When planning a home improvement project, you may be asked if your home was built before 1978. This question is asked to determine if your home might contain lead paint. Most homes built before 1960 contain heavily leaded paint, and some homes built as late as 1978 may contain some lead paint.

Lead has long been recognized as a harmful environmental pollutant. In late 1991, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services called lead the "number one environmental threat to the health of children in the United States." Some of the common areas lead paint are found are around windows, walls, doors, and the outside of the home. One of the ways lead paint could be introduced into your living area is by scraping or sanding the paint surface without taking the proper safety precautions.

Do not remove paint yourself?

Under no circumstances should you ever attempt to scrape or remove paint that may contain lead by yourself. Contact a professional who knows how to take the necessary steps to avoid contamination.

Use caution during remodeling process

You should attempt to avoid tracking through areas where lead paint may be on the ground so you do not bring it in the house. Pregnant women and children should be particularly careful.