Protecting your family from lead hazards is critical if your home was built before 1978. Chips and dust from lead paint can pose serious health hazards if not taken care of properly.
If you are buying, selling, renovating or renting a home federal law requires that all houses built prior to 1978, disclose the presence of any lead paint. Sellers must do this before selling a house.
Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission. For more information on lead hazards call the National Lead Information Center at