Lead-Based Paint: What You Should Know
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, lead poisoning is the number one environmental illness of children and is caused primarily by lead-based paint in older homes. In children, lead can cause nervous system and kidney damage, learning disabilities and behavioral problems. Adults can develop difficulties during pregnancy, reproductive problems and high blood pressure.
Federal law requires that individuals receive certain information before renting or buying a pre-1978 housing. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (www.epa.gov/lead/):
Three Things to Remember about Lead-Based Paint:
For more information, contact the National Lead Information Center: 1-800-424-LEAD (5323)