How to find a Qualified Lead Professional

Hiring a Lead Professional - The purpose of this section is to help you find a lead professional who can test your home for lead-based paint and tell you whether the paint poses a hazard to you or your family. It also will provide you with some background on the qualifications to look for in a lead professional.

Over 80% of all housing in the U.S. built before 1978 contains some lead-based paint on the interior or exterior. If managed properly, lead-based paint that is in good condition is usually not a hazard. If allowed to deteriorate, however, lead from the paint or lead dust can create serious health hazards. Similarly, without proper precautions, renovations of surfaces with lead-based paint release lead dust.

If you are buying a home or renting an apartment built before 1978 you should receive a pamphlet containing general information on lead-based paint hazards. This information is being made available under a new Federal program that started in 1996. The goals of this program are to help you reduce the hazards of lead-based paint in your home and to prevent small children from being poisoned by lead from paint. If you want to find out if your house contains lead-based paint or a lead hazard, you may want to hire someone to inspect your home for lead paint and to evaluate the paint for any hazards.

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