Prior to 1970, lead-based paint was used on the interior and exterior of homes and buildings, and is still present in many structures, even some built after 1970. Exposure to lead-based paint is a major health concern so it is important for you to be aware of the possible existence of lead-based paint in your home, particularly if you are repainting or doing other renovations.
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Common sources of lead paint around the home include:
- Exterior walls, doors, and windows
- Old fences
- Old outdoor furniture
- Dust in carpets, underlays, rugs, and between floorboards
- Contaminated soil around and under the house
- Interior walls, skirting boards and fittings
- Sheds and garages
- Cars and boats
- Gutters, pipes and fittings
- Dust in roof ceiling cavaties
If you are planning to renovate and think lead-based paint could be in your property, you should take the national six-step guide to painting your home.
For more information and fact sheets please visit SA Health.