Posing as parents who wanted work to be done in their 2-year-old’s bedroom in a 1920s home, our team called 150 renovation contractors. We said we wanted to know the proper ways to strip paint or replace windows, window frames and door frames. Nearly 32 percent of the contractors told us they didn’t have EPA lead-safety certification. Nearly 11 percent described work practices that might actually result in lead poisoning. In 2007, when our team conducted similar research, about a third of contractors we interviewed gave advice contradictory to federal guidelines.
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