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Lead-Based Paint in Colorado Homes

What Colorado Home Owners Need to Know About Removing Lead-Based Paint

About Lead Paint

Lead paint was banned in Colorado for residential use in 1978, after years of complaints about young children ingesting the toxic metal in or around older homes. Approximately three-quarters of the homes built before 1978 contain some lead-based paint. 

Many older exterior and interior house walls containing lead paint have been painted over with latex paint or covered with wallpaper. This does not remove the danger. Most of the lead that harms children today comes from the dust of flaking paint in homes built before 1978. Lead Paint harms adults and pets too!

As lead paint ages, it can chip or crumble into dust. Exposure to lead-paint dust or chips can cause serious health problems. Children and pregnant women are at higher risk. . Even low levels of lead in children can result in retarded mental and physical development, learning disorders, behavior problems, and reduced attention span. Lead can cause abnormal fetal development in pregnant women. Severe lead poisoning in children and adults can cause irritability, poor muscle coordination and damage to the kidneys, nerves and brain. Lead poisoning also may increase blood pressure in adults.

What Colorado Home Owners Need to Know About Removing Lead-Based Paint

Worried about lead in your Colorado home? Test your home for lead paint. Home test kits are low cost, easy to use, and produce quick results. If you are buying or renting a home, federal laws require the seller to give you an informational pamphlet and to tell you about any known lead paint hazards in the house. (These federal laws also give home buyers 10 days to inspect for lead paint. The law does not require landlords to allow a renter to inspect for lead.)

Contact the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD for information and materials about real estate disclosure laws and for the EPA pamphlet Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home.