How to Safely Contain Lead in a pre-1978 Home

Did you know? Effective April 22, 2010 (Earth Day), a new law instituted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will require remodelers working in homes built before 1978 to test for lead and be certified to work in areas in the home containing lead using lead safety practices.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) wants to protect homeowners from harmful lead exposure, and suggests asking your remodeler if they plan to test for lead.

“Consider it a red flag if a remodeler doesn’t mention lead if you live in an older home. Even though the law is not in effect until April, they still need to make homeowners aware of lead exposure,” says Bob Boothroyd, owner of The Boothroyd Group and an EPA Certified Renovator in Connecticut. He adds that current law requires that renovators give homeowners an EPA lead brochure and have it signed to signal that homeowners have been properly notified of the dangers.

Henges Insulation is affiliated with NARI and plans on undergoing lead abatement classes to get properly trained and certified.

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