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Ask Curbed: Is Painting My House A Health Hazard?

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A friend of Curbed is worried about lead paint, health problems and vengeful neighbors. Who in the audience knows a two or thing about such matter? Our friend writes: "We are giving the exterior of our mid-1930s house a much-needed new paint job. The paint company assures me that we don't need to encapsulate etc. and if they find lead paint they take proper precautions, but they're sanding and power washing without much regard for anything. Paint chips all over, dust outside and in the house, etc. No time to lead test now.

Should I be worried about violating code, subjecting ourselves to a major fine, killing the environment, and major health hazards? I'm additionally nervous since we have a kid. Thanks, Curbed!"