Lead poisoning is a serious health hazard. Health experts consider lead to be the number one environmental health problem in the United States. Children are at a greater risk from lead as they can absorb up to 50% of the lead that gets into their bodies. As many as 1 in 20 U.S. children have high lead levels in their blood. The most common source of lead in homes is lead based paint. 74% of homes built before 1980 contain lead based paint.
If paint is chipping, peeling, or if you are planning to remodel, you must take precautions to minimize the risk of lead poisoning or pollution. Never dry-sand, dry-scrape or burn lead based paint. The EPA strongly encourages homeowners to hire certified firms to perform renovations that disturb lead based paint.