Before you start scraping or sanding your paint, be sure you’re not putting yourself or your children at risk for lead poisoning. Here’s how to be sure it’s safe to paint.
80% of Maine homes and apartments built before 1978 could have some lead paint in them. Lead is a poison that attacks the nervous system. Young children (6 and under) have the greatest risk of being lead poisoned. If you live in an older home or apartment, test your painted surface before you begin your painting project.
The EPA and CDC have additional information on preventing and repairing lead hazards. If you cannot afford to safely do these repairs, the Maine State Housing Authority may have grants available. If you have additional questions or concerns, you can contact the Maine Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at: 866-292-3474.