The toxic nature of lead-based paint is well-documented. Lead paint was phased out of residential use in 1950 and banned by the federal government in 1978. However, the threat of lead paint exposure remains. Some homes constructed before 1978 still have the presence of lead paint.
Lead paint poisoning is still a public health crisis. In an effort to protect children from lead paint exposure, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has new, tighter standards for lead in dust on floors and window sills. Lead paint can become a hazard when it starts to wear, chip or peel. The resulting dust is one of the most common causes of elevated lead blood levels in children.
Lead poisoning prevention
The EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule requires that any renovation, repair or painting project that disturbs lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and preschools built before 1978 be completed by EPA trained and approved renovators.
Connecticut’s Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control Program strives to prevent lead poisoning through education and programs related to lead poisoning prevention. The organization specifically focuses on childhood lead poisoning prevention.
In Connecticut, every child between nine months and 35 months are required by law to be tested for lead poisoning every year.
How to avoid contamination
You should consider testing your home for lead paint if you have children in your home, and the structure was built before 1978. Exposure in the home can result from:
- Lead paint hidden under layers of newer paint. If the paint shows signs of chipping, cracking or is damp in nature, it should be addressed.
- Older cribs that may have lead paint are of concern. Cover crib rails with plastic guards to prevent kids from chewing on paint.
- Lead contaminated household dust from deteriorating lead-based paint. Keep dust to a minimum by mopping regularly, especially on window sills and floors.
Lead paint poisoning in children can damage the brain and nervous system and lead to development delays and behavioral problems. Protecting your family from lead paint poisoning is essential. If you suspect that you or a family member might have lead paint poisoning, an attorney can advise you regarding your legal options.