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As of April 22, 2010, the EPA mandated the RRP Rule which requires contractors and home improvement companies to practice lead-safe practices which prevents lead paint hazards created by renovation, repair and painting activities that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 constructed homes.

VARNEY CLEAN CARE, INC.  is an EPA Appointed Lead-Safe Certified firm and will conduct lead-safe practices in all pre-1978 homes that meet the criteria for the RRP Rule.  For more information, visit EPA's website.

The following questions will help you determine if your family is at risk for lead poisoning.

1. Was Your Home Built Before 1978?

A majority of homes built before 1978 (especially homes built throughout the 1940's to 1960's), contain lead-based paint, which can have a dangerous effect on the health of young children (under the age of six) and pregnant women.

2. Do you see walls, furniture, or window sills in your home with chipping or peeling paint?

Lead-based paint is unsafe if it peels, chips, or cracks.  Harmful lead dust is created when windows, doors, edges of stairs, rails, or other lead-based painted surfaces wear away over time.  You or your landlord can get your home checked for lead by hiring a trained, certified professional.  Many young children put their hands or other objects covered with lead dust in their mouths, which can cause serious damage to their health.  Wash children's hands, bottles, pacifiers, and toys often.

3. Do your children play in lead-contaminated soil near your home?

Soil around homes with lead-based paint may have lead chips, dust, or flakes in it.  Children can accidentally swallow this soil while playing outdoors, or the soil may be tracked indoors from shoes onto carpet and floors where children can eventually come into contact with it.  Teach children to wipe and remove their shoes, as well as to wash their hands, after playing outdoors.

4. Do you store food in imported pottery that contains lead?

Imported pottery and dishware usually contain lead. To protect your family from lead poisoning, use imported pottery only for decoration, and keep food and drinks in other safe, storage containers.

5. Do you work with lead in your job?

You may be exposed to lead on the job if you work as a painter, ironworker, construction worker, cable splicer, automobile radiator repair mechanic, firearms instructor, metal shop worker, stained glass artist, or battery maker.  If you work in a lead-related industry, change your work clothes before entering the home, wash your work clothes separately from the clothes you wear around your family, and remove your shoes before entering your home, as lead can be tracked indoors onto carpets, floors, and furniture.

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, have your home tested by certified professional by contacting 1-800-44-LEAD (5323) or visiting www.epa.gov/lead. If you rent, find out if your landlord has checked your home for lead. Have your children tested for lead poisoning by asking your doctor or your health specialist to do a simple blood test.

Common renovations activities on homes built before 1978 can create a health hazard to adults and children by disturbing lead-based paint.  To protect against this risk, EPA issued a rule for contractors requiring the use of lead-safe practices aimed at preventing lead poisoning.

What does this mean to you?

If your home was built before 1978, we can test for lead paint as part of our estimate.  If you do not have children under the age of six and there are no pregnant women residing at the home, you may be able to opt out.  If you have children under the age of six, we'll perform lead-safe work practices on your home.

If you are having home improvement work done to your home, make sure you are dealing with a company or contractor who is EPA Lead-Safe Certified!

For more information on lead-safe work practices, visit the resources below: