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    Get the Facts About Lead

    To learn about sources of lead and tips for preventing exposures, visit Lead Exposure Prevention Information​​.

    Home Renovation and Repainting Projects​​​

    Warning: Don't Create Dangerous Dust

    Renovation can disturb lead paint and put families at risk.

    Renovation, repair, and repainting projects in older homes can create hazardous lead dust. This dust can settle on floors and other surfaces where it gets on children's hands and into their mouths. If your home was built before 1978, it likely has lead-based paint.

    Hiring a Contractor

    If you are hiring a contractor for a renovation, repair, or painting project, the contactor should follow lead-safe work practices. Contractors that disturb painted surfaces in homes, daycares, and schools built before 1978 are required to be certified to work with lead paint by the EPA.

    Do-It-Yourself Projects

    Homeowners conducting do-it-yourself renovation or repainting projects should follow lead-safe work practices to protect their family and home. Find information below to learn more about safe renovation. 

    Lead-Safe Work Practices

    Lead-Safe Practices

    • Temporarily move children, pregnant women, and pets out of a home during renovation or paint removal. If you cannot move them out, seal off the work area.
    • Cover the ground, floors, and furniture with drop cloths that can be discarded.
    • Wet down paint before you scrape or sand it.
    • A power sander should have a hood to trap dust and a HEPA vacuum attachment.
    • Thoroughly clean the area by wet wiping and wet mopping with a detergent and water before allowing children back.

    Practices to Avoid

    • Do not use a belt-sander, propane torch, heat gun, dry scraper or dry sandpaper to remove lead-based paint. These tools create large amounts of hazardous lead dust and fumes, which can remain in your home for a long time.
    • Do not sandblast or pressure wash the outside of your home if it contains lead-based paint. Even if you do not have children, these activities on the outside of your home may harm your neighbor's children.
    • Do not paint over peeling or chipping paint.

    Testing Your Home for Lead

    ​If you are concerned about lead-based paint hazards in or around your home, you may want to test your home for lead. Consider hiring a certified inspector or risk assessor to inspect your home for lead. The Nebraska Lead-Based Paint Program licenses businesses for lead inspection, risk assessment, and abatement firms. 

    Information for Renters

    Before signing a lease for housing built before 1978, federal law requires landlords must disclose the presence of known lead-based paint and/or hazards in the dwelling. Renters must also receive a federally-approved pamphlet regarding lead poisoning prevention. 

    • If you have a concern about lead in your unit, ask your landlord to get a lead hazard inspection from a certified inspector before signing your lease.