New lead rules affect pre-1978 homes

EPA safety certification required for fix-up work

Many houses, apartments and other buildings that were built prior to 1978 may have paint in them that contains lead. Lead-based paint can pose serious health hazards if not taken care of properly, especially for children and pregnant women. If you live in a home that was built prior to 1978, or if you’re thinking of buying or renovating one, this is certainly an issue that you need to be aware of.