Checking Your Home For Lead Hazards


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Just knowing
that a home
has lead-
based paint
may not tell
you if there
is a hazard.


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. You can get your home checked for
lead hazards in one of two ways, or both:

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* A paint inspection tells you the lead content of every painted surface in your home. It won't tell you whether the paint is a hazard or how you should deal with it.
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* A risk assessment tells you if there are any sources of serious lead exposure (such as peeling paint and lead dust). It also tells you what actions to take to address these hazards.

Have qualified professionals do the work. The federal government is writing standards for inspectors and risk assessors. Some states might already have standards in place. Call your state agency for help with locating qualified professionals in your area.

Trained professionals use a range of methods when checking your home, including:

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* Visual inspection of paint condition and location.
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* Lab tests of paint samples.
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* Surface dust tests.
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* A portable x-ray florescence machine.
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Home test kits for lead are available, but recent studies suggest that they are not always accurate. Consumers should not rely on these tests before doing renovations or to assure safety.
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. All lead hazard information contained herein reproduced from the United States Environmental Protection Agency booklet entitled "Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home". Co-Authored by the U.S. EPA and the U.S. CPSC, Washington, D.C. Information on this web site pertaining to lead hazards is based upon current scientific and technical understanding of the issues presented and is reflective of the jurisdictional boundaries established by the statutes governing the co-authoring agencies. Following the advice given will not necessarily provide complete protection in all situations or against all health hazards that can be caused by lead exposure.
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