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Lead was commonly used in paint and other products until 1978. However, lead paint and lead-containing products were still available until 1980. Lead paint can be found on interior walls, interior/exterior doors, trim and other painted surfaces such as baseboard molding and chair rail. The paint is of particular concern on friction or impact surfaces such as doors, windows or other contact surfaces where paint can easily chip or peel. When planning a renovation or remodeling project in an older home, care must be taken to ensure that surfaces with lead-based paint are handled correctly.

What are the health effects of lead-based paint?

Children with lead poisoning may not show signs of illness. However, even low exposure can result in permanent learning, hearing and behavioral problems, stunted growth and long-lasting brain damage.

What you can do...
  • If you live in a home or building built before 1980, find out if there is lead paint on walls, trim, windows or other painted surfaces prior to beginning renovations.
  • If your home has lead paint, consult with a qualified firm.
For more information please visit:

The Office of Lead Poisoning Prevention.

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