Disclosure of Information on Lead-Based Paint and/or Lead-Based Paint Hazards
Lead Warning Statement
Housing built before 1978 may contain lead-based paint. Lead from paint, paint chips, and dust can pose
health hazards if not managed properly. Lead exposure is especially harmful to young children and pregnant
women. Before renting pre-1978 housing, lessors must disclose the presence of known lead-based paint and/or
lead-based paint hazards in the dwelling. Lessees must also receive a federally approved pamphlet on lead
poisoning prevention.
Lessor’s Disclosure
(a) Presence of lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards (check (i) or (ii) below):
(i) ______ Known lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards are present in the housing
(explain).
_______________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________
(ii) _____ Lessor has no knowledge of lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in the
housing.
(b) Records and reports available to the lessor (check (i) or (ii) below):
(i) ______ Lessor has provided the lessee with all available records and reports pertaining to
lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in the housing (list documents
below).
_______________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________
(ii) _____ Lessor has no reports or records pertaining to lead-based paint and/or lead-based
paint hazards in the housing.
Lessee’s Acknowledgment (initial)
(c) ________ Lessee has received copies of all information listed above.
(d) ________ Lessee has received the pamphlet Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home.
Agent’s Acknowledgment (initial)
(e) ________ Agent has informed the lessor of the lessor’s obligations under 42 U.S.C. 4852d and
is aware of his/her responsibility to ensure compliance.
Certification of Accuracy
The following parties have reviewed the information above and certify, to the best of their knowledge, that
the information they have provided is true and accurate.
__________________________________________________ __________________________________________________
Lessor Date Lessor Date
__________________________________________________ __________________________________________________
Lessee Date Lessee Date
__________________________________________________ __________________________________________________
Agent Date Agent Date
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Disclosure of Information on Lead-Based Paint and/or Lead-Based Paint Hazards
Lead Warning Statement
Every purchaser of any interest in residential real property on which a residential dwelling was built prior to 1978 is
notified that such property may present exposure to lead from lead-based paint that may place young children at risk
of developing lead poisoning. Lead poisoning in young children may produce permanent neurological damage,
including learning disabilities, reduced intelligence quotient, behavioral problems, and impaired memory. Lead
poisoning also poses a particular risk to pregnant women. The seller of any interest in residential real property is
required to provide the buyer with any information on lead-based paint hazards from risk assessments or inspections
in the seller’s possession and notify the buyer of any known lead-based paint hazards. A risk assessment or inspection
for possible lead-based paint hazards is recommended prior to purchase.
Seller’s Disclosure
(a) Presence of lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards (check (i) or (ii) below):
(i) ______ Known lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards are present in the housing
(explain).
_______________________________________________________________________________________
(ii) _____ Seller has no knowledge of lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in the housing.
(b) Records and reports available to the seller (check (i) or (ii) below):
(i) ______ Seller has provided the purchaser with all available records and reports pertaining to lead-
based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in the housing (list documents below).
_______________________________________________________________________________________
(ii) _____ Seller has no reports or records pertaining to lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint
hazards in the housing.
Purchaser’s Acknowledgment (initial)
(c) ________ Purchaser has received copies of all information listed above.
(d) ________ Purchaser has received the pamphlet Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home.
(e) Purchaser has (check (i) or (ii) below):
(i) _____ received a 10-day opportunity (or mutually agreed upon period) to conduct a risk assess-
ment or inspection for the presence of lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards; or
(ii) _____ waived the opportunity to conduct a risk assessment or inspection for the presence of
lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards.
Agent’s Acknowledgment (initial)
(f) ________ Agent has informed the seller of the seller’s obligations under 42 U.S.C. 4852d and is
aware of his/her responsibility to ensure compliance.
Certification of Accuracy
The following parties have reviewed the information above and certify, to the best of their knowledge, that the
information they have provided is true and accurate.
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Seller Date Seller Date
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Purchaser Date Purchaser Date
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Protect
Your
Family
From
Lead in
Your
Home
United States
Environmental
Protection Agency
United States
Consumer Product
Safety Commission
United States
Department of Housing
and Urban Development
September 2013
Are You Planning to Buy or Rent a Home Built
Before 1978?
Did you know that many homes built before 1978 have lead-based
paint? Lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious health
hazards.
Read this entire brochure to learn:
How lead gets into the body
About health eects of lead
What you can do to protect your family
Where to go for more information
Before renting or buying a pre-1978 home or apartment, federal
law requires:
Sellers must disclose known information on lead-based paint or lead-
based paint hazards before selling a house.
Real estate sales contracts must include a specic warning statement
about lead-based paint. Buyers have up to 10 days to check for lead.
Landlords must disclose known information on lead-based paint
and lead-based paint hazards before leases take eect. Leases must
include a specic warning statement about lead-based paint.
If undertaking renovations, repairs, or painting (RRP) projects in
your pre-1978 home or apartment:
Read EPAs pamphlet, The Lead-Safe Certied Guide to Renovate Right,
to learn about the lead-safe work practices that contractors are
required to follow when working in your home (see page 12).
Simple Steps to Protect Your Family
from Lead Hazards
If you think your home has lead-based paint:
Don’t try to remove lead-based paint yourself.
Always keep painted surfaces in good condition to minimize
deterioration.
Get your home checked for lead hazards. Find a certied
inspector or risk assessor at epa.gov/lead.
Talk to your landlord about xing surfaces with peeling or
chipping paint.
Regularly clean oors, window sills, and other surfaces.
Take precautions to avoid exposure to lead dust when
remodeling.
When renovating, repairing, or painting, hire only EPA- or state-
approved Lead-Safe certied renovation rms.
Before buying, renting, or renovating your home, have it
checked for lead-based paint.
Consult your health care provider about testing your children
for lead. Your pediatrician can check for lead with a simple
blood test.
Wash childrens hands, bottles, paciers, and toys often.
Make sure children avoid fatty (or high fat) foods and eat
nutritious meals high in iron and calcium.
Remove shoes or wipe soil o shoes before entering your
house.
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Lead Gets into the Body in Many Ways
Adults and children can get lead into their bodies if they:
Breathe in lead dust (especially during activities such as renovations,
repairs, or painting that disturb painted surfaces).
Swallow lead dust that has settled on food, food preparation surfaces,
and other places.
Eat paint chips or soil that contains lead.
Lead is especially dangerous to children under the age of 6.
At this age, childrens brains
and nervous systems are
more sensitive to the
damaging eects of lead.
Childrens growing bodies
absorb more lead.
Babies and young children
often put their hands
and other objects in their
mouths. These objects can
have lead dust on them.
Women of childbearing age should know that lead is dangerous to
a developing fetus.
Women with a high lead level in their system before or during
pregnancy risk exposing the fetus to lead through the placenta
during fetal development.
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Health Eects of Lead
Lead aects the body in many ways. It is important to know that
even exposure to low levels of lead can severely harm children.
In children, exposure to lead can cause:
Nervous system and kidney damage
Learning disabilities, attention decit
disorder, and decreased intelligence
Speech, language, and behavior
problems
Poor muscle coordination
Decreased muscle and bone growth
Hearing damage
While low-lead exposure is most common,
exposure to high amounts of lead can have
devastating eects on children, including
seizures, unconsciousness, and, in some cases, death.
Although children are especially susceptible to lead exposure, lead can
be dangerous for adults, too.
In adults, exposure to lead can cause:
Harm to a developing fetus
Increased chance of high blood pressure during pregnancy
Fertility problems (in men and women)
High blood pressure
Digestive problems
Nerve disorders
Memory and concentration problems
Muscle and joint pain
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Check Your Family for Lead
Get your children and home tested if you think your home has
lead.
Childrens blood lead levels tend to increase rapidly from 6 to 12
months of age, and tend to peak at 18 to 24 months of age.
Consult your doctor for advice on testing your children. A simple blood
test can detect lead. Blood lead tests are usually recommended for:
Children at ages 1 and 2
Children or other family members who have been exposed to high
levels of lead
Children who should be tested under your state or local health
screening plan
Your doctor can explain what the test results mean and if more
testing will be needed.
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Where Lead-Based Paint Is Found
In general, the older your home or childcare facility, the more likely it
has lead-based paint.
1
Many homes, including private, federally-assisted, federally-
owned housing, and childcare facilities built before 1978 have
lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer
uses of lead-containing paint.
2
Learn how to determine if paint is lead-based paint on page 7.
Lead can be found:
In homes and childcare facilities in the city, country, or suburbs,
In private and public single-family homes and apartments,
On surfaces inside and outside of the house, and
In soil around a home. (Soil can pick up lead from exterior paint or
other sources, such as past use of leaded gas in cars.)
Learn more about where lead is found at epa.gov/lead.
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1
“Lead-based paint” is currently dened by the federal government as paint with
lead levels greater than or equal to 1.0 milligram per square centimeter (mg/cm), or
more than 0.5% by weight.
2
“Lead-containing paint” is currently dened by the federal government as lead in new
dried paint in excess of 90 parts per million (ppm) by weight.
Identifying Lead-Based Paint and Lead-Based Paint
Hazards
Deteriorating lead-based paint (peeling, chipping, chalking,
cracking, or damaged 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, such
as:
On windows and window sills
Doors and door frames
Stairs, railings, banisters, and porches
Lead-based paint is usually not a hazard if it is in good condition
and if it is not on an impact or friction surface like a window.
Lead dust can form when lead-based paint is scraped, sanded, or
heated. Lead dust also forms when painted surfaces containing
lead bump or rub together. Lead paint chips and dust can get on
surfaces and objects that people touch. Settled lead dust can reenter
the air when the home is vacuumed or swept, or when people walk
through it. EPA currently denes the following levels of lead in dust as
hazardous:
40 micrograms per square foot (μg/ft
2
) and higher for oors,
including carpeted oors
250 μg/ft
2
and higher for interior window sills
Lead in soil can be a hazard when children play in bare soil or when
people bring soil into the house on their shoes. EPA currently denes
the following levels of lead in soil as hazardous:
400 parts per million (ppm) and higher in play areas of bare soil
1,200 ppm (average) and higher in bare soil in the remainder of the
yard
Remember, lead from paint chips—which you can see—and lead
dust—which you may not be able to see—both can be hazards.
The only way to nd out if paint, dust, or soil lead hazards exist is to
test for them. The next page describes how to do this.
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7
Checking Your Home for Lead
You can get your home tested for lead in several dierent ways:
A lead-based paint inspection tells you if your home has lead-
based paint and where it is located. It won’t tell you whether your
home currently has lead hazards. A trained and certied testing
professional, called a lead-based paint
inspector, will conduct a paint inspection
using methods, such as:
Portable x-ray uorescence (XRF) machine
Lab tests of paint samples
A risk assessment tells you if your home
currently has any lead hazards from lead
in paint, dust, or soil. It also tells you what
actions to take to address any hazards. A
trained and certied testing professional,
called a risk assessor, will:
Sample paint that is deteriorated on doors, windows, oors, stairs,
and walls
Sample dust near painted surfaces and sample bare soil in the
yard
Get lab tests of paint, dust, and soil samples
A combination inspection and risk assessment tells you if your home
has any lead-based paint and if your home has any lead hazards, and
where both are located.
Be sure to read the report provided to you after your inspection or risk
assessment is completed, and ask questions about anything you do not
understand.
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Checking Your Home for Lead, continued
In preparing for renovation, repair, or painting work in a pre-1978
home, Lead-Safe Certied renovators (see page 12) may:
Take paint chip samples to determine if lead-based paint is
present in the area planned for renovation and send them to an
EPA-recognized lead lab for analysis. In housing receiving federal
assistance, the person collecting these samples must be a certied
lead-based paint inspector or risk assessor
Use EPA-recognized tests kits to determine if lead-based paint is
absent (but not in housing receiving federal assistance)
Presume that lead-based paint is present and use lead-safe work
practices
There are state and federal programs in place to ensure that testing is
done safely, reliably, and eectively. Contact your state or local agency
for more information, visit epa.gov/lead, or call 1-800-424-LEAD
(5323) for a list of contacts in your area.
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3
Hearing- or speech-challenged individuals may access this number through TTY by
calling the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8399.
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What You Can Do Now to Protect Your Family
If you suspect that your house has lead-based paint hazards, you
can take some immediate steps to reduce your familys risk:
If you rent, notify your landlord of peeling or chipping paint.
Keep painted surfaces clean and free of dust. Clean oors, window
frames, window sills, and other surfaces weekly. Use a mop or sponge
with warm water and a general all-purpose cleaner. (Remember:
never mix ammonia and bleach products together because they can
form a dangerous gas.)
Carefully clean up paint chips immediately without creating dust.
Thoroughly rinse sponges and mop heads often during cleaning of
dirty or dusty areas, and again afterward.
Wash your hands and your childrens hands often, especially before
they eat and before nap time and bed time.
Keep play areas clean. Wash bottles, paciers, toys, and stued
animals regularly.
Keep children from chewing window sills or other painted surfaces, or
eating soil.
When renovating, repairing, or painting, hire only EPA- or state-
approved Lead-Safe Certied renovation rms (see page 12).
Clean or remove shoes before entering your home to avoid tracking
in lead from soil.
Make sure children avoid fatty (or high fat) foods and eat nutritious
meals high in iron and calcium. Children with good diets absorb less
lead.
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Reducing Lead Hazards
Disturbing lead-based paint or
removing lead improperly can
increase the hazard to your family by
spreading even more lead dust around
the house.
In addition to day-to-day cleaning
and good nutrition, you can
temporarily reduce lead-based paint
hazards by taking actions, such as
repairing damaged painted surfaces
and planting grass to cover lead-
contaminated soil. These actions are
not permanent solutions and will need
ongoing attention.
You can minimize exposure to lead
when renovating, repairing, or painting by hiring an EPA- or state-
certied renovator who is trained in the use of lead-safe work
practices. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, learn how to use lead–safe
work practices in your home.
To remove lead hazards permanently, you should hire a certied lead
abatement contractor. Abatement (or permanent hazard elimination)
methods include removing, sealing, or enclosing lead-based paint
with special materials. Just painting over the hazard with regular
paint is not permanent control.
Always use a certied contractor who is trained to address lead
hazards safely.
Hire a Lead-Safe Certied rm (see page 12) to perform renovation,
repair, or painting (RRP) projects that disturb painted surfaces.
To correct lead hazards permanently, hire a certied lead abatement
professional. This will ensure your contractor knows how to work
safely and has the proper equipment to clean up thoroughly.
Certied contractors will employ qualied workers and follow strict
safety rules as set by their state or by the federal government.
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Reducing Lead Hazards, continued
If your home has had lead abatement work done or if the housing is
receiving federal assistance, once the work is completed, dust cleanup
activities must be conducted until clearance testing indicates that lead
dust levels are below the following levels:
40 micrograms per square foot (μg/ft
2
) for oors, including carpeted
oors
250 μg/ft
2
for interior windows sills
400 μg/ft
2
for window troughs
For help in locating certied lead abatement professionals in your area,
call your state or local agency (see pages 14 and 15), or visit
epa.gov/lead, or call 1-800-424-LEAD.
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Renovating, Remodeling, or Repairing (RRP) a Home
with Lead-Based Paint
If you hire a contractor to conduct renovation, repair, or painting
(RRP) projects in your pre-1978 home or childcare facility (such as
pre-school and kindergarten), your contractor must:
Be a Lead-Safe Certied rm approved by EPA or an
EPA-authorized state program
Use qualied trained individuals (Lead-Safe
Certied renovators) who follow specic lead-safe
work practices to prevent lead contamination
Provide a copy of EPAs lead hazard information
document, The Lead-Safe Certied Guide to
Renovate Right
RRP contractors working in pre-1978 homes and childcare facilities
must follow lead-safe work practices that:
Contain the work area. The area must be contained so that dust and
debris do not escape from the work area. Warning signs must be put
up, and plastic or other impermeable material and tape must be used.
Avoid renovation methods that generate large amounts of
lead-contaminated dust. Some methods generate so much lead-
contaminated dust that their use is prohibited. They are:
Open-ame burning or torching
Sanding, grinding, planing, needle gunning, or blasting with
power tools and equipment not equipped with a shroud and
HEPA vacuum attachment and
Using a heat gun at temperatures greater than 1100°F
Clean up thoroughly. The work area should be cleaned up daily.
When all the work is done, the area must be cleaned up using special
cleaning methods.
Dispose of waste properly. Collect and seal waste in a heavy duty
bag or sheeting. When transported, ensure that waste is contained to
prevent release of dust and debris.
To learn more about EPAs requirements for RRP projects visit
epa.gov/getleadsafe, or read The Lead-Safe Certied Guide to
Renovate Right.
Other Sources of Lead
While paint, dust, and soil are the most common sources of lead,
other lead sources also exist:
Drinking water. Your home might have plumbing with lead or lead
solder. You cannot see, smell, or taste lead, and boiling your water will
not get rid of lead. If you think your plumbing might contain lead:
Use only cold water for drinking and cooking.
Run water for 15 to 30 seconds before drinking it, especially if
you have not used your water for a few hours.
Call your local health department or water supplier to nd out
about testing your water, or visit epa.gov/lead for EPAs lead in
drinking water information.
Lead smelters or other industries that release lead into the air.
Your job. If you work with lead, you could bring it home on your body
or clothes. Shower and change clothes before coming home. Launder
your work clothes separately from the rest of your familys clothes.
Hobbies that use lead, such as making pottery or stained glass,
or renishing furniture. Call your local health department for
information about hobbies that may use lead.
Old toys and furniture may have been painted with lead-containing
paint. Older toys and other childrens products may have parts that
contain lead.
4
Food and liquids cooked or stored in lead crystal or lead-glazed
pottery or porcelain may contain lead.
Folk remedies, such as greta” and azarcon, used to treat an upset
stomach.
4
In 1978, the federal government banned toys, other childrens products, and furniture
with lead-containing paint (16 CFR 1303). In 2008, the federal government banned
lead in most childrens products. The federal government currently bans lead in
excess of 100 ppm by weight in most childrens products (76 FR 44463).
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For More Information
The National Lead Information Center
Learn how to protect children from lead poisoning and get other
information about lead hazards on the Web at epa.gov/lead and
hud.gov/lead, or call 1-800-424-LEAD (5323).
EPAs Safe Drinking Water Hotline
For information about lead in drinking water, call 1-800-426-4791, or
visit epa.gov/lead for information about lead in drinking water.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Hotline
For information on lead in toys and other consumer products, or to
report an unsafe consumer product or a product-related injury, call
1-800-638-2772, or visit CPSC’s website at cpsc.gov or
saferproducts.gov.
State and Local Health and Environmental Agencies
Some states, tribes, and cities have their own rules related to lead-
based paint. Check with your local agency to see which laws apply
to you. Most agencies can also provide information on nding a lead
abatement rm in your area, and on possible sources of nancial aid
for reducing lead hazards. Receive up-to-date address and phone
information for your state or local contacts on the Web at epa.gov/lead,
or contact the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD.
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Hearing- or speech-challenged individuals may access any of the
phone numbers in this brochure through TTY by calling the toll-
free Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Regional Oces
The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment.
Your Regional EPA Oce can provide further information regarding
regulations and lead protection programs.
Region 1 (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine,
New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)
Regional Lead Contact
U.S. EPA Region 1
5 Post Oce Square, Suite 100, OES 05-4
Boston, MA 02109-3912
(888) 372-7341
Region 2 (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico,
Virgin Islands)
Regional Lead Contact
U.S. EPA Region 2
2890 Woodbridge Avenue
Building 205, Mail Stop 225
Edison, NJ 08837-3679
(732) 321-6671
Region 3 (Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania,
Virginia, DC, West Virginia)
Regional Lead Contact
U.S. EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-2088
Region 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia,
Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South
Carolina, Tennessee)
Regional Lead Contact
U.S. EPA Region 4
AFC Tower, 12th Floor, Air, Pesticides & Toxics
61 Forsyth Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 562-8998
Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan,
Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin)
Regional Lead Contact
U.S. EPA Region 5 (DT-8J)
77 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604-3666
(312) 886-7836
Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico,
Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribes)
Regional Lead Contact
U.S. EPA Region 6
1445 Ross Avenue, 12th Floor
Dallas, TX 75202-2733
(214) 665-2704
Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska)
Regional Lead Contact
U.S. EPA Region 7
11201 Renner Blvd.
WWPD/TOPE
Lenexa, KS 66219
(800) 223-0425
Region 8 (Colorado, Montana, North
Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming)
Regional Lead Contact
U.S. EPA Region 8
1595 Wynkoop St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 312-6966
Region 9 (Arizona, California, Hawaii,
Nevada)
Regional Lead Contact
U.S. EPA Region 9 (CMD-4-2)
75 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 947-4280
Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon,
Washington)
Regional Lead Contact
U.S. EPA Region 10
Solid Waste & Toxics Unit (WCM-128)
1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 553-1200
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Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
The CPSC protects the public against unreasonable risk of injury
from consumer products through education, safety standards
activities, and enforcement. Contact CPSC for further information
regarding consumer product safety and regulations.
CPSC
4330 East West Highway
Bethesda, MD 20814-4421
1-800-638-2772
cpsc.gov or saferproducts.gov
U. S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD)
This document is in the public domain. It may be produced by an individual or organization without
permission. Information provided in this booklet is based upon current scientic and technical
understanding of the issues presented and is reective 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.
EPA-747-K-12-001 U. S. EPA Washington DC 20460
U. S. CPSC Bethesda MD 20814
U. S. HUD Washington DC 20410
HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive
communities and quality aordable homes for all. Contact
HUD’s Oce of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control for
further information regarding the Lead Safe Housing Rule, which
protects families in pre-1978 assisted housing, and for the lead
hazard control and research grant programs.
HUD
451 Seventh Street, SW, Room 8236
Washington, DC 20410-3000
(202) 402-7698
hud.gov/oces/lead/
September 2013
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IMPORTANT!
Lead From Paint, Dust, and Soil in and
Around Your Home Can Be Dangerous if
Not Managed Properly
Children under 6 years old are most at risk for lead
poisoning in your home.
Lead exposure can harm young children and babies even
before they are born.
Homes, schools, and child care facilities built before 1978
are likely to contain lead-based paint.
Even children who seem healthy may have dangerous
levels of lead in their bodies.
Disturbing surfaces with lead-based paint or removing
lead-based paint improperly can increase the danger to
your family.
People can get lead into their bodies by breathing or
swallowing lead dust, or by eating soil or paint chips
containing lead.
People have many options for reducing lead hazards.
Generally, lead-based paint that is in good condition is not
a hazard (see page 10).
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