Lead poisoning affects millions of homeowners, particularly those with homes built prior to 1978. Parents should take note that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 250,000 U.S. children have elevated blood-lead levels and often suffer devastating health effects -- even though childhood lead poisoning  is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children.
In light of the new law mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), called Lead Renovation, Repair, Painting Rule (LRRP), this year's efforts are even more worthwhile to encourage consumers to hire lead certified remodelers when remodeling a home built prior to 1978.
To help, a number of organizations have joined together to promote this year's National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) on October 24-30, 2010. NLPPW organizers include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the EPA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). Collectively, they aim to raise awareness of the dangers of lead exposure, and encourage consumers to hire lead certified remodelers when remodeling target homes (pre-1978).
Here is a renovation lead safety  checklist to minimize lead exposure for homeowners living in pre-1978 homes:
To learn more about testing your child's lead levels, testing your home for lead for lead or preventing health effects related to lead exposure visit http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/nlppw.htm . To find a NARI remodeler who is also a Lead Certified Renovator, visit www.nari.org .