Lead-Based Paint: What You Should Know
According to the Illinois Department of Public
Health, lead poisoning is the number one environmental illness of
children and is caused primarily by lead-based paint in older homes.
In children, lead can cause nervous system and kidney damage,
learning disabilities and behavioral problems. Adults can develop
difficulties during pregnancy, reproductive problems and high blood
requires that individuals receive certain information before renting
or buying a pre-1978 housing. According to the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (www.epa.gov/lead/):
- LANDLORDS have to disclose known information on lead-based
paint and lead-based paint hazards before leases take effect.
Leases must include a disclosure form about lead-based paint.
- SELLERS have to disclose known information on lead-based
paint and lead-based paint hazards before selling a house. Sales
contracts must include a disclosure form about lead-based
paint. Buyers have up to 10 days to check for lead hazards.
Three Things to Remember about
- Intact lead-based paint that is in good condition generally
is usually NOT a hazard.
- Peeling, chipping or cracking lead-based paint is a HAZARD
and is potentially harmful.
- Lead DUST generated from friction sources such as windows,
door frames, and stairs is a particularly significant source of