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Was your Home Built Before 1978? New Lead Paint Laws Take Effect October, 2010

I just recommended a new client’s deck be painted before her home goes on the market.  The was home built in the 1950’s and it reminded me about the new law regarding remodeling and painting homes built before 1978.  This new law will be going into effect on October !st.  Originally, the regulations were scheduled to become law back in the spring.  I wrote a post about it then, but since the law was postponed until October 1st,  here’s a reminder for those who own homes built before 1978.  I am copying the original blog post I wrote back in the spring:

Was your home built before 1978? If so, then if you do any painting or remodeling you or your contractor have to follow new federal guidelines for painting and renovating homes built before 1978. From The Wall Street Journal:

As of late last month, businesses that repair or renovate older buildings—specifically homes, schools and daycare centers built before the federal government banned the use of lead-based paint in housing in 1978—are required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to adhere to strict lead-safe work practices. To comply with the new regulation, those working on older sites will need to invest in lead-testing kits, plastic sheeting, respirators, protective clothing and other lead-safety materials.

This also is straight from the EPA website.