Last Updated: February 20, 2019
Lead: Age of Home
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Big idea: Lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust are the major sources of exposure. Many homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint.
- 24 million US homes with deteriorated lead-based paint and tainted dust
- 3.6 million young children (under six) live in those homes
- The older a home is, the greater likelihood that it has lead-based paint, especially those built before 1940.
President’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children, 2016