National Lead Prevention Week 2014
As we end the last week of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, we wanted to share information on childhood lead poisoning provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lead-based paint was vastly used in the past therefore the older a home, the stronger the risk of lead-based paint being present in a home. Many individuals may not know they have lead in their home and it becomes a bigger risk when lead paint is disturbed causing fine dust to form. Those who are at greater risk are children.
EXPOSURE TO LEAD CAN SERIOUSLY HARM A CHILD'S HEALTH
Since lead can be found throughout a child's environment, children are at risk at consuming lead paint chips or breathe lead dust. Around 535,000 U.S children ages 1 to 5 years have blood lead levels high enough to damage their health. The health impacts that lead can do to a child are lower levels of IQ, slowed growth and development, hearing and speech problems, and damage to the brain and nervous system.
The good news is that lead poisoning is preventable. The CDC shares 4 steps to make your home lead safe and are as followed:
- Talk with your child's doctor about a simple blood test.
- Talk with a local health department about testing paint and dust in your home (especially if built before 1978).
- Renovate Safely! Common renovating activities can create hazardous lead dust. Hire contractors certified by the Environmental Protection Agency and reassure they use the EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule).
- Stay up to date with current recalls from toys and toy jewelry.
These are all simple steps that parents can take to prevent lead poisoning. Even though Lead Prevention Week ends soon, these are steps that you can use at any time to prevent lead poisoning. Most importantly if you are not sure if your home may have lead based paint, test your home for lead and have your child screened for lead in their blood. If your home tested for positive, lead based paint removal should be handled by a professional. We can help!
Alliance Environmental is a certified lead-removal contractor. We follow strict procedures to minimize, control and contain the lead dust created by the removal process. If you need assistance contact us and we can set up an appointment. We invite you to share this blog post to everyone to spread awareness and to prevent lead exposure.
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