Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control
- Fact: Lead exposure can harm young children and babies even before they are born.
- Fact: Even children that seem healthy can have high levels of lead in their bodies
- Fact: People can get lead in their body by breathing or swallowing dust, or by eating soil or paint chips that contain lead.
- Fact: People have many options for reducing lead hazards. In most cases, lead-based paint that is in good condition is not a hazard.
- Fact: Removing lead-based paint improperly can increase the danger to your family. If you think your home might have lead hazards, read the following information to learn some simple steps to protect your family.
If You Are Planning to Buy, Rent, or Renovate a Home Built Before 1978?
Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that contains lead (called lead-based paint). Lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards if not taken care of properly.
Federal law requires that individuals receive certain information before renting, buying, or renovating pre-1978 housing.
LANDLORDS will have to disclose known information on lead-based paint hazards before leases take effect. Leases will include a federal form about lead-based paint.
SELLERS will have to disclose known information on lead-based paint hazards before selling a house.
RENOVATORS will have to give you a lead-based paint information pamphlet before starting to work on homes.
Where Lead Is Likely To Be a Hazard!
- Paint chips
- Lead-based paint: Lead-based paint may be present on surfaces included but not limited to: windows, window sills, door, door frames, stairs, railing, banisters, porches, and fences
- Lead dust (not always apparent): Lead dust can form when lead-based paint is dry scraped, dry sanded, or heated. Lead chips and dust can get on surfaces and objects that people touch.
Checking Your Family for Lead
Get your child tested if you think your home has high levels of lead. A simple blood test can detect high levels of lead. If your child is older than 1 year, talk to your doctor about whether your child needs testing.
The City of Inglewood is currently implementing lead hazard control activities through its First-time Homebuyer and Housing Rehabilitation programs.
Also, the City offers education and training in lead relation construction to certified contractors. Training is held once a year and is administered by experts in the field of environmental construction.
For more information on the City's efforts to abate lead and for brochures on lead-based paint, contact the City of Inglewood, CDBG Division, One Manchester Blvd., 7th Floor, Inglewood, CA 90301, (310) 412-8844. Contact the Regional Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105, (800) 424-5323 for additional information.
Additional lead resources include: