WASHINGTON — The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recommends hiring a Lead-Safe-Certified professional before remodeling or renovating a pre-1978 home.

In April 2010 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enacted the Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule that requires training in lead-safe work practices for all remodelers working in pre-1978 homes. EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovators are equipped to use lead test kits, educate consumers about the dangers of lead and use prescribed lead-safe work practices.

"Lead-Safe Certified Renovators are trained to help keep your family safe from lead exposure during your remodeling project," said NAHB Remodelers Chairman Donna Shirey, CGR, CAPS, CGP, and remodeler from Issaquah, WA.

"It always pays to get the job done right," said Shirey. "Remodeling professionals have expertise in design solutions, managing product choices and completing beautiful projects. Plus lead-safe certification means the remodeler will understand and apply practices to minimize dust and lead exposure and protect the safety of your family."

Read NAHB's press release.

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