Lead Based Paint Alert

Lead and lead compounds have been used in a wide variety of products found in and around our homes including paint, ceramics, pipes and plumbing materials. One major source of lead in many homes is paint. Manufacturers used to put lead in paint to make the paint last longer and help it stick to the surface better. However, lead is a highly toxic metal that is not only poisonous it may cause a range of health problems. Though lead can affect anyone, children are more susceptible. 

Their bodies develop quickly and they tend to put things in their mouth. In 1978, the federal government banned the use of lead-based paint in housing.

Common Lead Hazards

A common lead hazard in your home is lead-based paint that is peeling, chipping, chalking or cracking. Even lead-based paint that appears to be undisturbed can be a problem if it is on surfaces that children may chew on or that get a lot of wear and tear and may generate dust particles. These areas include: 

  • Banisters
  • Doors and Door Frames
  • Porches and Fences
  • Railings
  • Stairs
  • Window Sills

Dust can be contaminated with lead when lead-based paint is dry-scraped or sanded. Soil can become contaminated when exterior lead-based paint from houses or other structures flakes or peels and gets into the soil. The contaminated soil can then be tracked into the home.

Lead poisoning can be prevented. Know the facts regarding lead-based paint hazards and take preventative measures before you renovate your home.


More than half of the homes in East Wenatchee were built before 1978. If you own or rent one of these older homes, there is a risk of lead hazards when renovating your home. If you plan to renovate your home, educate yourself with regards to lead hazards by reviewing the information provided by the links below. To learn more about Renovation, Repair and Painting Program (RRP) and to find a list of certified firms and contractors in our area, please visit the State of Washington Department of Commerce.