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Information for Homeowners about Lead
Hiring an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-Certified contractor for renovation and repair work in your home
If your home was built before 1978, it may contain lead-based paint. Consider having a lead risk assessment performed on your home to determine the presence of lead hazards. If you are concerned that you may have lead-based paint in your home, you can contact an EPA-certified firm to perform a lead-risk assessment. Read more about the benefits of hiring an EPA-Certified Lead Contractor.
If peeling or deteriorating lead-based paint is found in your home, consider having the hazard removed by an EPA-certified contractor to reduce the risk of lead exposure in your home.
- Search for an EPA-certified lead abatement firm in your area
Please Note: EPA lead-safe certification is required for all contractors performing lead risk assessment or hazard removal. Ensure that your renovation and repair work is done by an EPA certified professional.
Information for Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Home Renovations/Repairs
Even if you are planning on performing minor repairs to your home such as preparing surfaces for new paint or wall paper, your renovation or repair project may disturb that lead-based paint and create a health hazard.
If you are doing renovation and repair work yourself there are a few steps you can take to ensure your home repair project is lead-safe:
- Follow Safe Work Practices: EPA Tips for preventing lead dust from spreading throughout your home
- Get the Right Equipment: EPA Tips for protecting you and your family from lead exposure
Need additional information?
Florida defers to federal EPA rules regarding lead-based paint practices and certification requirements. If you have additional lead questions please visit the EPA's website or call the National Lead Information Center at 1 (800) 424-LEAD (5323).