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Lead-based paint was used in more than 38 million homes and businesses until it was banned for residential use in 1978. Beginning in April 2010, EPA federal law will require contractors that disturb lead-based paint in homes, businesses, and schools to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. This law will only apply to buildings which were constructed before 1978.

What Problems can Lead Cause?

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

Lead can affect children's brains and developing nervous systems, causing reduced IQ, learning disabilities, and behavioral problems.

May cause High blood pressure and hypertension in adults.

Should I be Concerned?

Do you reside in a home built before 1978?

Do you own or operate a child care facility, including preschools and kindergarten classrooms, built before 1978?

Do you have a child under six who attends a child care facility built before 1978?

There are other things you can do to protect your family every day.

Regularly clean floors, window sills, and other surfaces

Wash children's hands, bottles, pacifiers, and toys often

Make sure children eat a healthy, nutritious diet consistent with the USDA's dietary guidelines, which helps protect children from the effects of lead

Wipe off shoes before entering house