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Is my home unsafe if it contains lead-based paint?

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Is my home unsafe if it contains lead-based paint?

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Approximately three-quarters of the nation’s housing built before 1978 contains some lead-based paint. This paint, if properly managed and maintained, poses little risk. If allowed to deteriorate, lead from paint can threaten the health of occupants, especially children under six years old. If families and building owners are aware of the presence of lead-based paint and the proper actions to take, most lead-based paint hazards can be managed. The EPA pamphlet "Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home" provides important information for families and home owners to help them identify when lead-based paint is likely to be a hazard and how to get their home checked. 

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