Lead-based paint hazards, specifically lead-based paint dust, likely exist in many homes built prior to 1978. In fact, the older the home the more likely it is to contain lead-based paint. While the paint is innocuous in its undisturbed original state, the problem occurs as the lead-based paint deteriorates or is disturbed by sanding, scraping, friction or a myriad of other causes.
Lead-based paint dust represents a serious problem in the home, especially for children under the age of 6 and for pregnant women. Ingestion or inhalation of lead-based paint dust can cause numerous neurological and physical ailments. To be certain your home is lead safe, before any remodeling or construction work takes place, you should test for lead-paint. If you are hiring a contractor who will be disturbing painted surfaces in your home, federal law for all homes built before 1978 requires lead testing.
The City can help! The Lead Safe and Healthy Homes (LSHH) Program is a new collaborative program combining the capabilities of the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant and the Community Development Block Grant Renewal Program. The new LSHH Program allows the City to provide, at no cost to homeowners, lead hazard control work through licensed and lead certified contractors. For more information, call 208.234.6255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.