Lead and Landlords

This section of the GBAOMA website was developed in partnership with Penquis under contract to the Healthy Maine Partnerships in the area; the Bangor Lead Steering Committee; and the Bangor Region Public Health and Wellness, a Healthy Maine Partnership. This site is designed to provide basic information to help landlords manage lead hazards.

There is an added emphasis given to the City of Bangor due to the high incidence of lead poisoning occurring in Maine’s larger city, and particularly in pre-1950 rental housing. Lead paint is common in homes built before 1950, and was still actively being used in homes built as late as 1978. If your rental has lead paint, then common activities such as sanding and scraping an old windowsill, or removing paint with a heat gun, can produce dangerous lead dust, chips, and fumes.

Each year there are nearly 150 lead poisonings in Maine, a disproportionate number of these occurring in older rental units. The consequences for landlords can be severe if a child is found with lead poisoning while living in your rental.

All too often lead was often found as a result of a child being poisoned, a 'canary in the coal mine' kind of resolution to identifying this problem. New laws and a more pro-active public health strategy are seeking to 'get the lead out' before children, or others, are poisoned.

Funding support is provided by the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at the Maine Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

The Maine Department of Environmental protection and Department of Human Resources have a wealth of resources and information about lead. Selected information from the Division of Environmental Health website is provided on this site. For more information visit: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/environmental-health/eohp/lead/