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Lead alert: What you need to know when remodeling

The Environmental Protection Agency warns that lead paint hazards have not gone away. No matter what part of the country you live in, if your house or apartment was built before 1978, your family could be at risk.

Lead poisoning causes everything from learning and behavioral disorders, to seizures and even death. Here's how to tell if you're living in a lead hazard zone and what to do about it if you are.

Jennifer Georgitis did not suspect is that the house they rented was a major lead hazard.

"My husband and I moved to this neighborhood because we thought it was a great place to raise our kids and we could afford to move here," says Georgitis.

If your home is old, it's built before 1978, chances are it's got lead-based paint, and lead poisoning is the number one environmental cause of miscarriages and birth defects. Most at risk are young children.

If you're bombarding that child's brain with lead, then you're going to see brain damage, learning disabilities, behavioral problems, problems with speech, problems with hearing.

Lead-based paint is no longer used in homes. Lead can lay hidden under newer coats of paint.

By taking a few simple precautions, you can protect your family from the horrors of lead poisoning, and assure your residence remains… "home sweet home."

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