Ninety-five percent of the housing units built in Maryland before 1978 contain lead paint. Swallowing or breathing lead can poison children. Lead poisoning can slow a child's development and cause learning disabilities and behavior problems. While case findings are lower in the outlying counties, far fewer children are tested as compared to Baltimore City. The hazards associated with lead paint are the same regardless of the location of the property.
Maryland's Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is designed to reduce the incidence of childhood lead poisoning, while maintaining the supply of affordable rental housing. The Maryland Department of the Environment has proposed regulations concerning risk reduction treatments and lead paint abatement services.
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