We live in an old house (by American standards!), which comes with all the character and charm and maintenance bills that one would expect. And something I didn’t really think about beforehand: lead paint. Our home was built in 1910, well before lead paint was banned (1978), and and the EPA reports that approximately 87% of homes built before 1940 contain lead paint. Since it had been painted over many times, I wasn’t really concerned about it because everything I’ve read stated that it’s not a danger as long as you don’t disturb it.