Lead-Safe Certified Firm Lead paint was banned from use in consumer products in 1978, including paint. Many homes that were built before 1978 have paint that contains lead (called lead-based paint). Lead was added to paint prior to 1978 to improve the performance of the paint (drying time, durability, etc.)
- According to the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), if lead is inhaled or ingested (usually in the form of lead paint dust) it can be very harmful to humans and pets, especially young children, pregnant women, and even the unborn. Even children that seem healthy can have high levels of lead in their bodies. Therefore, lead from paint, paint chips, and paint dust can pose serious health hazards if not removed properly.
- As of April 22, 2010, under EPA regulations, any contractor planning to perform a renovation on a habitable dwelling unit that was built prior to 1978, where the renovation comprises of more than 6 sq. ft. of area on the interior and/or 20 sq. ft. of area on the exterior (HUD homes have stricter standards) must inform their customers about the potential presence and hazards of lead paint by providing them with a pamphlet entitled “Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers and Schools” before any work begins.
- Federal law requires that contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb painted surfaces in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.
- Flynn Construction, Inc. is a Lead-Safe Certified Firm. Certification # NAT-66706-1.