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What can I do to check if my home has lead in it before I renovate?

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If you're in an older home, be cautious before starting renovations. You should assume that there's lead in the paint unless you know otherwise. Remember that home kits will only test for lead on the surface, not in the layers beneath.

Check to make sure that your contractor or painter has been certified by the EPA in lead-safe work practices. If you're doing the construction yourself, get information from the EPA or the National Lead Information Center on how to do it safely.

From: 5 Surprising Sources of Lead Exposure WebMD Medical Reference

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California Department of Education.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Environmental Protection Agency.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2019

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California Department of Education.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Environmental Protection Agency.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2019

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