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Paint Manufacturers Now Required To Put Warning Labels On Cans

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RALEIGH, N.C. — It soon will be easier to protect your family against the dangers of lead paint.

The National Paint and Coating Association has agreed to require manufacturers to put warning labels on paint cans. The group also will print handouts about the hazards of lead paint that people can pick up when they buy paint.

The agreement, finalized by 50 states and jurisdictions, was announced by N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper.

"When consumers take on a home repair or repainting project, they need to know about the potential danger that lurks in old layers of lead paint," Cooper said. "Putting meaningful warning labels on every can of paint will help consumers know that they need to protect their families, especially their children, from the risks of lead poisoning."

NPCA has agreed to fund and provide consumer education on lead‑safe home improvement and to develop discount programs for safety equipment that consumers can use when working on homes with lead paint.

Lead-paint dust can become airborne when old paint is stripped from surfaces in preparation for repainting or when walls that were originally coated with lead paint are torn down. Whether repainting a rented apartment or installing a new kitchen, consumers need to take special precautions when working in an area that may contain lead paint.

To learn more about how to work safely with lead paint, consumers should call the EPA's Lead Information Hotline at

1‑800‑424‑LEAD (5323).