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EPA Lead-Safe


epaFederal law requires contractors that disturb painted surfaces in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Always ask to see your contractor’s certification.

Federal law requires that individuals receive certain information before renovation more than six square feet of painted surfaces in a room for interior projects or more than twenty square feet or painted surfaces for exterior projects or window replacement or demolition in housing, child care facilities and school built before 1978.


  • - Is your home, your building, or the child care facility or school your children attending being renovated, repaired, or painted?
  • - Was your home, your building, or the child care facility or school where your children under six years of age attending built before 1978?
  • If the answer to these questions is YES, there are a few important things you need to know about lead-based paint.
  • * Lead can affect children’s brains and developing nervous systems, causing reduced IQ, learning disabilities, and behavioral problems. Lead is also harmful to adults as well.
  • * Lead in dust is the most common way people are exposed to lead. People can also get lead in their bodies from lead in soil or paint chips. Lead dust is often invisible.
  • * Lead-based paint was used in more than 38 million homes until it was banned for residential use in 1978.
  • * Projects that disturb painted surfaces can create dust and endanger you and your family. Don’t let this happen to you.

Take Action Today

Basil Home Improvement, LLC a certified EPA firm can inspect and can determine if your home has lead or lead hazards. Our professional certified inspector can conduct and inspection telling you whether you’re home, or a portion of your home, has lead-based paint and where it is located. This will tell you the area in your home where lead-safe work practices are needed. Our certified inspector can conduct a risk assessment telling you if your home currently has any lead hazards from lead in paint, dust, or soil. Our professionals can also tell you what action to take to address any hazards.

You have the ultimate responsibility for the safety of your family, tenants, or children in your care. Make sure your contractor is certified, and can explain clearly the details of the job and how the contractor will minimize lead hazards during the work.