These days lead is not a legal substance in paint as it was banned by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1978. However, before our government wised up to the health hazards of lead paint, it was widely used in residential and commercial construction. For this reason many homes built in the mid-20th century or earlier contain lead paint. If your home was built before 1978 it’s a good idea to have it inspected for lead paint.
Lead paint has been scientifically proven to be very dangerous to human health as it can cause a host of health problems – including impaired nervous system and brain function, internal organ damage, seizures, unconsciousness, and even death. Lead poisoning via lead paint can also result in serious learning disabilities and behavioral problems in children.