If you have purchased on rented a building that was built before 1978, you need to read this. Lead paint was widely used till the late 1970s, when the government banned the usage of this hazardous element in paints. Lead poisoning can cause damage to the nervous system, complicate pregnancies, and cause chronic pain and inflammation. If you have young children, you need to be even more cautious, because they are often worse affected than adults are.
According to federal laws, the property owner or seller has to disclose the use of lead paint to tenants and buyers. If they have already performed tests for lead through registered testing agencies, they need to show these reports to the buyers. Buyers too are allowed time for getting the tests done on their own initiative. The property owner has to provide a brochure published by the EPA, called Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home.
When dealing with lead paint, this is what you should keep in mind:
Lead paint poses no threat when it is in a good condition. However, if you need to renovate and require disturbing the painted area, or the paint is chipping, then you would need to contact a lead professional.