Housing units constructed prior to 1978 may contain lead-based paint. The deterioration of lead paint can result in exposure to lead-containing dust. Children under the age of 6 are most at risk of exposure to lead because of their rapid growth and tendency to place their hands or other objects, which may be contaminated with lead dust, into their mouths.
The goals of the Residential Lead Paint Hazards Program are to:
- prevent lead exposure due to deterioration and/or disturbance of lead-painted surfaces in homes constructed prior to 1978.
- comply with federal, state and local regulations governing control of lead hazards in housing properties.
If you have a concern about your housing unit, contact the Senior Manager for Apartments and Houses, Housing and Real Estate Services, at 258-7638. Contact Environmental Health and Safety at 258-5294 if you have a health concern related to potential lead exposure.