EPA Lead Safe Window Installation
Considering Renovating, Repairing, or Painting? Questions to Consider:
- Is your home, your office building, or the child care facility or school your children attend, being renovated, repaired, or repainted?
- Was the building being renovated or repaired built before 1978?
If the answer to either of the above questions is YES, then there are a few important things you need to know about lead-based paint.
2010 EPA Lead-Based Regulations:
As decided and made enacted into law by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the property owner has the ultimate responsibility for the safety of their family, tenants, or children within their care. This means properly preparing for the home or building renovation, and keeping children and other persons out of the work area. It also means ensuring that the home improvement contractor (Window World of Fort Wayne) uses proper lead-safe work practices, and has received lead-safe certification as required by the EPA. These guidelines should be followed for any sort of home installation or removal or products that may disturb longstanding paint or drywall, such as replacement windows or replacement doors.
As of April 2010, federal law requires all home improvement contractors that use lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools that were built before 1978 to be lead-safe certified and to follow specific work guidelines to prevent lead contamination in homes.
IMPORTANT: Ask if the contractor is trained to perform lead-safe work practices and to see a copy of their training certificate. The fines are up to $32,500 per occurrence if lead is present and a lead certified contractor is not present and employing lead safe practices. Window World of Fort Wayne is lead-safe certified, however it is always a good idea to verify by asking for lead-safe certification or paperwork.
Important Lead Facts
- Lead-based paints were widely used prior to it being banned for residential use in 1978, and research has shown that over 75% of homes built prior to 1978 were constructed using interior or exterior lead-based paint.
- Prior to its banning in 1978, lead-based paint was used in more than 38 million homes.
- Lead can damage adults’ and children’s’ brains and nervous systems which have been linked to reduced IQs, learning disabilities, and behavioral difficulties.
- Lead particulates in dust are the most common way people are exposed to lead. These particulates are frequently caused by post-construction debris in homes build pre-1978.
How to Protect Your Family During a Pre-1978 Home Renovation or Construction Project
- Thoroughly clean floors, window sills, and other surfaces around the house after any in-home construction project.
- Wash children’s hands, bottles, pacifiers, and toys and use anti-bacterial sanitizer often, specifically after an in-home construction or renovation project.
- Provide your children and family with a healthy, nutritious diet in order to protect them from the negative effects of lead particles. A strong body and immune system can help minimize the effects of lead poisoning.
- Clean and wipe shoes before entering house.
- Contain all dust particles inside the work area using a plastic sheet, drape, or other form of divider.
- Make sure the lead-safe home improvement contractor is using dust-minimizing and careful cleanup work methods.
For more information on Lead-safe certification, and how to protect your home and loved ones during an in-home renovation or construction project, please read the lead paint information on this website, which discusses lead paint best practices in greater detail. Or simply speak to our Replacement Window Specialists during your free, in-home window estimate and demonstration!