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What information can I get about lead-based paint in a home before I buy or rent it?   

Question (23002-21996) What information can I get about lead-based paint in a home before I buy or rent it?    Answer Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have some lead-based paint. Lead from paint chips, and dust can pose serious health haza

I thought lead-based paint had been phased out. How many homes still contain lead-based paint?

Question (23002-18139) I thought lead-based paint had been phased out. How many homes still contain lead-based paint? Answer The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) National Survey of Lead and Allergens in Housing estimated that 38 mil

What are some of the health effects of lead?

Question (23002-21128) What are some of the health effects of lead? Answer Lead is known to cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and under are most at risk fro

What should I do if I am concerned about my family's exposure to lead?

Question (23002-23458) What should I do if I am concerned about my family's exposure to lead? Answer A blood test is the only way to find out whether you or a family member already has lead poisoning.  Call your doctor or local health department to ar

What is Lead?

Question (23002-22416) What is Lead? Answer Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes.  Lead also can be emitted into the air from motor vehicles and industrial sources, and lead can enter drinking wa

Where is lead found?

Question (23002-24471) Where is lead found? Answer Many homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint. In general, the older your home, the more likely it has lead-based paint. Soil around a home can contain lead from sources like deteriorated exterior

What are some of the health effects of lead in children?

Question (23002-21129) What are some of the health effects of lead in children? Answer Lead is especially dangerous to children under six years of age. Lead can affect children's brains and developing nervous systems, causing reduced IQ and learning dis

What is the most significant source of childhood lead exposure in a residence?

Question (23002-22897) What is the most significant source of childhood lead exposure in a residence? Answer The scientific literature suggests that nationally lead-contaminated paint dust is the most significant source of childhood lead exposure.  Le