The Lead Hazard

Lead can be found in paint on homes that were built before 1978. The Consumer Products Safety Commission banned the use of lead-based paint after that year. If your home was built before 1960, then it probably has even more lead paint. 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 gets a lot of wear-and-tear. Constant friction or rubbing of surfaces can cause paint to deteriorate. These areas include:

  • Windows and window sills
  • Doors and door frames
  • Stairs, railings and banisters
  • Porches and fences
  • Exterior of a house (due to harsh weather)

Potentially Hazardous Renovation Activities

  • Dry scraping or dry sanding
  • Sandblasting
  • Using an open flame or torch to burn off paint
  • Power sanding or grinding (unless shrouded tool with HEPA vacuum attachment is used)
  • Using methylene chloride - it's toxic
  • Cutting into drywall
  • Replacing windows