4 tips you should know about lead paint
If you're planning to remodel or paint a home built before 1978, consider these pointers for dealing with lead paint:
- If your project will disturb more than 6 square feet of interior paint or 20 square feet on the exterior, make sure your contractors are EPA certified to employ lead-safe practices.
- Make sure you receive a Renovate Right EPA pamphlet from your contractor.
- A lead-safe workplace should have plastic sheeting to contain dust and debris, and warning signs.
- When finished, your contractor should clean the area with a HEPA vacuum and wipe it down with wet and dry cloths to determine whether lead dust remains, but consider hiring a lead inspector to perform a clearance test - a more stringent analysis where dust samples are tested at a lab.
For more lead safety information, try these local resources:
- Westchester County Health Department, 914-813-5000. Residents may call to request a free assessment of their homes or apartments.
- Putnam County Environmental Health Assessment Program, 845-278-6130.
- Orange County Department of Health, 845-568-5266.
- Rockland County Department of Health, 845-364-3839.
- NYC Department of Health (Bronx), call 311 or 212-639-9675.
- Connecticut State Department of Health, 203-256-3020.