Lead from paint chips, which you can see, and lead dust, which you can't always see, can both be serious hazards.
Lead-based paint that is in good condition is usually not a hazard.
Peeling, chipping, chalking, or cracking lead-based paint is a hazard and needs immediate attention.
Lead-based paint may also be a hazard when found on surfaces that children can chew or that get a lot of wear-and-tear. These areas include:
Lead dust can form when lead based paint is dry scraped, dry sanded, or heated. Dust also forms when painted surfaces bump or rub together. Lead chips and dust can get on surfaces and objects that people touch. Settled lead dust can re-enter the air when people vacuum, sweep, or walk through it.
Lead in soil can be a hazard when children play in bare soil or when people bring soil into the house on their shoes. Call your state agency to find out about soil testing for lead.
Lead-Based Paint Information|
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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.|