Lead poisoning is a serious problem which can lead to adverse health problems. In children, high levels of lead can
cause damage to the brain and nervous system, behavioral and learning problems, slow growth, and hearing
problems. In adults, lead poisoning can cause reproductive problems, high blood pressure, digestive problems,
nerve disorder, memory and concentration problems, and muscle and joint pain.
Lead poisoning is especially a problem in cities with older buildings. Typically, lead is present in the paint from older
buildings, in the water supply, and in the environment from cars and buses. Preventing lead poisoning in large cities,
where there is so much possibility for exposure is both difficult and expensive. Federal programs have attempted to
address this problem.
For buyers and sellers, lead poisoning is also an issue. Houses that were built before 1978 probably have paint that
contains lead. Federal law requires that sellers disclose known information on lead-base paint hazards before
selling a house. Sales contracts must include a federal form about lead-based paint in the building. Buyers will have
up to 10 days to check for lead hazards and are likely to stipulate corrections.
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