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How Do You Know if There is Lead in Your Home?

If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint, but some states banned it even earlier. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning.

October 21-28 is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. The National Lead Information Center (NLIC) provides the general public and professionals with information about lead, lead hazards and their prevention.  The Lead Poisoning and Toxic Exposure practice of O’Connell and Aronowitz is the largest lead injury litigation group in upstate New York. Our attorneys have handled more than 1,000 cases of childhood and adult lead poisoning and we are committed to help share information about lead dangers and prevention.

Lead based paint infographic
Lead-based paint can be found both inside and outside the home. Do you know where to look for lead?
Exterior paint that is flaking, peeling, or deteriorating can contaminate soil where children may play.
Deteriorating lead-based paint can also contaminate dust in your home.
• Exterior Paint
• Interior paint (e.g. kitchen and bathroom paint)
• Interior and exterior doors and door frames
• Interior and exterior windows and window sills
• Soil (especially under friction surfaces, such as windows)
www.eps.gov/lead
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