Housing Safety

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The most common causes of lead poisoning are deteriorating paint on older houses, and renovations that disturb old paint. Lead was commonly used in interior and exterior paint on houses built before 1978.

Peeling or chipped, or flaking paint causes lead dust, which is a hazard, especially for young children who often put their hands in their mouths.

Renovations, paint preparation work, and repairs can create large amounts of lead dust if precautions aren’t taken to use containment and work methods that minimize the dust.

Tenants have a right to lead-safe housing.Landlords are required to maintain their properties and to use lead-safe work practices when making repairs.

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Lead is also dangerous to workers unless dust is carefully contained during painting and home renovations. Workers can carry dust on their clothing back to their homes, and expose their children to lead.

Homeowners and contractors are required by law to use lead-safe, dust-free work practices when painting or renovating pre-1978 properties.

Check with your local city or county Housing Rehabilitation Services Department. Some areas have funds for lead hazard control work or other housing repair assistance, especially if you or your tenants are low-income.

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