July 2012

Buying, Selling, or Renting a Home Built Before 1978?

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What You Need to Know Now to Prevent Big Problems Later!

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Why Does That Matter? It May Have Lead-Based Paint!

Lead is a poisonous substance, and can be especially harmful for pregnant women and small children under the age of six.

Houses built before 1978 (when lead was banned as an  additive in paint), and especially those built before 1950, may contain lead based paint. This can include other coatings like varnishes and shellacs.
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Lead-based paint that is in good condition is usually not a hazard. But, if the paint is peeling or cracking, disturbed during renovation or remodeling, or is simply on friction surfaces like doorjambs or window frames, lead containing dust can be spread throughout the home. After that, exposure can occur through routine contact with contaminated surfaces.
Pregnant women are extremely susceptible to lead poisoning, absorbing 50% of the lead ingested. Lead can enter a pregnant woman's blood stream, pass through the placenta, and harm the unborn child. This lead poisoning may result in low birth weight, stillbirth, or miscarriage.
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In children, lead poisoning can cause permanent problems including:
• Lowered I.Q.
• Attention Deficit Disorder
• Hearing Loss
• Slowed or Reduced Growth
• Hyperactivity
• Violent or Aggressive Behavior
• Speech Delay
• Many Other Problems

DID YOU KNOW? LEAD POISONING
IS THE NUMBER ONE
ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD
THREATENING CHILDREN UNDER
THE AGE OF SIX THROUGHOUT
THE UNITED STATES!


LEAD CAN ALSO BE FOUND IN MANY PLACES YOU WOULDN'T USUALLY SUSPECT, LIKE:
• Lead in the Soil Around Your Home
• Lead Solder in Plumbing
• Foreign Made Vinyl Mini-Blinds
• Lead Solder in Imported Canned Goods
• Imported Candy, Toys, Cosmetics, and Glazed Ceramic Ware
• Paints used for traffic markings, bridges, steel structures and boats
• Certain folk or Ayurvedic remedies like azarcon & greta

The Number 1 Source for Lead Poisoning in Children Is Dust From Lead-Based Paint!
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DID YOU KNOW? LEAD DUST IS NOT THE SAME AS HOUSEHOLD DUST! LEAD DUST IS OFTEN INVISIBLE, HEAVIER AND STICKIER, AND CAN EXIST IN EVEN THE CLEANEST OF HOMES.


FAST FACTS: STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT LEAD POISONED CHILDREN ARE MORE LIKELY TO DROP OUT OF SCHOOL, AND THEIR LIFETIME EARNINGS POTENTIAL IS GREATLY DECREASED. THEY ARE ALSO MORE LIKELY TO HAVE BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS AND TO BECOME INVOLVED WITH THE JUSTICE SYSTEM.


Ways to Protect Your Family

If You Live in Pre-1978 Housing, Be Sure To:

• Get Your Child Tested For Lead Poisoning
• Clean Floors, Windowsills, and Window Frames With Warm Soapy Water
• Wash Your Child's Hands Often• Wash Your Child's Hands Often
• Feed Children Foods High In Calcium, Vitamin C and Iron
• Wash Your Child's Toys Often, Especially Those Used On The Floor Or The Ground


LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR HOME SELLERS & LANDLORDS

IF YOU ARE A HOME SELLER OR REALTOR:

• Provide The Pamphlet "Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home"
• Inform The Buyer Of Any Known Lead-Based Paint and/or Lead Based Paint Hazards In The Home
• Provide Records or Reports About Lead Based Paint In The Home
• Provide A lO-Day Opportunity For Buyer To Test The Home For Lead-Based Paint
• Include In The Sales Contract The Notification and Disclosure Forms
• Keep Disclosure Documents For At Least 3 Years

IF YOU ARE A LANDLORD RENTING A HOUSE OR APARTMENT:

• Provide The Pamphlet "Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home"
• Inform Renters Of Any Known Lead-Based Paint and/or Lead-Based Paint Hazards In The Home
• Provide Records or Reports About Lead-Based Paint In The Home
• Include In The Lease Contract The Notification and Disclosure Forms-Keep Disclosure Documents For At Least 3 Years


NEED MORE INFORMATION?

Need To Have Your Child Tested For Lead?
Contact Your Local Or County Health Department. Visit The Georgia DHR Website At http://health.state.ga.us/programs/ lead/index.asp

Want To Have Your Home Tested For Lead?
Contact The Georgia EPD For A List Of Companies That Test Homes For Lead or Visit The EPD Website: www.gaepd.org.

Are You A Realtor or Landlord That Needs "Protect Your Family" Pamphlets Or Disclosure Forms?
Contact The Georgia EPD or Visit The EPD Website At www.gaepd.org To Download These Pamphlets And Forms