Lead Paint in Historic Homes Can be Hazardous

People in New Orleans that live in historic homes generally know about some of the dangers of lead based paint to a children and unborn children; however, lead paint can also be dangerous in other ways.

After Katrina many residents of New Orleans had to renovate their homes; however, when the renovations started the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) came up with stricter regulations to protect children.  The EPA claims that even the dust from lead based paint can be hazardous.

According to the new EPA rule, which went into effect April 22, “firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child-care facilities and schools built before 1978 must be certified … to prevent lead contamination.”

Contact with even diminutive of lead can result in learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and speech problems in children. According to the EPA, a recent study shows that children who are living in homes are that are being renovated have a 30 percent change of having unsafe levels of lead in their blood.  Therefore, the EPA developed new guidelines for renovations on homes older than 1978.

The new EPA rule applies to restoration or repainting jobs that disturb either 6 square feet of an inner painted wall or 20 square feet of an external painted wall. “Disturbing” procedures include “sanding; grinding; demolition of interior walls; small surface disruptions such as drilling and sawing; removing paint using heat guns, open flame torches, chemical paint removers; dry scraping; (and) using a power planer, ” according to the EPA. If contractors and people who are renovating their pre-1978 homes do not follow these new regulations, they will be fined tens of thousands of dollars.

If a person is renovating his or her own pre-1978 home, it would probably be a good idea to contact a Lead-Safe contractor, so that a person does not end up with thousands of dollars worth of fines. Most contractors went through Lead-Safe training after the EPA past this regulation; therefore, they would know the specifics and it would probably save a private homeowner from making a mistake and incurring a huge fine.


 EPA. (2010). EPA Lead-Safe Certification Program Fact Sheet. Retrieved from http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/lscp-press.htm

Written by Susan Hillman
Freelance composer, professional writer, Associate’s Degree in Psychology

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OK, so we’re painting some of the rooms at our church. They are the bumpy cinder block kind and stark white. Does anyone have any good ideas for a decorative style to paint them that would also be warm and inviting? I thought about doing a faux finish on the bricks and paint the seaming between them a darker color, going for a rustic, warm, almost Tuscan look. Does this sound good? Any other painting ideas are welcome and pictures would be a definite bonus.

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Answer by job jar jack
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One Response to “Lead Paint in Historic Homes Can be Hazardous”
  1. rexsi4 8 September 2011 at 8:05 pm #

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