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Homes built before 1978 are more likely to have lead-based paint.
Lead was often added to paint used in homes built before 1978. In 1978, the federal government banned the use of lead-based paint in homes. The older the home, the more likely it is to have lead-based paint.
Any of the following paints and coverings may contain lead if they were made before 1978:
Lead-based paint is a problem when it is peeling, cracking, or chipping. Lead-based paint is also a problem when it is painted on something that moves or rubs against something else creating lead-based paint dust. This risk is greatest with windows and doors that have been painted with lead-based paint.
If you live in a home built before 1978, you may want to get your home tested for lead. You can hire a certified lead professional to do this test.
Lead dust is created when:
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There are steps you can take to protect yourself and those in your household.