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Does Your Pediatrician Screen for Lead Poisoning?

Not all pediatricians test their patients for lead poisoning. In some states it’s mandatory, but in others it’s left to the doctors to determine if it’s necessary. RTK Environmental knows that lead paint poses a danger for everyone, children and adults alike, so be sure to request that your pediatrician performs a simple blood test to check for lead contamination.

Safe Home Renovations

Safe Home Renovations With everyone stuck at home under coronavirus quarantine, many of us are using this opportunity to complete home improvement projects. Whether you are renovating or simply painting, there are precautions you should take to preserve your health. Make sure you don’t disturb any toxic materials, like lead or asbestos, especially if you live in a house built before 1978. Ask yourself these questions before you begin: What type of surfaces and materials will you disturb? Do you have crumbling pipe insulation

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Scented Candles: Are They Dangerous?

Scented Candles: Are They Dangerous? What’s not to love about a good scented candle? They fill our homes with lovely aromas. A coconut breeze brings you to a beach in Bali or a breath of lavender vanilla makes your stress melt away. But reviews are mixed about the impact of burning these candles on our health. The fact is, many scented candles are mass-produced with sub-standard ingredients, and can lead to poor indoor air quality (IAQ). The wick, wax, and perfume they’re

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Is Your Artificial Christmas Tree Toxic?

Many people buy artificial Christmas trees to avoid the mess of dropped needles spread throughout their homes. Unfortunately, that pristine artificial tree could be spreading something you can’t see: toxic lead dust.

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Prevent Lead Poisoning: Get Your Home Tested, Get Your Child Tested

  Protect Your Children By Following These Preventive Do’s and Don’ts Spread the Word – National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 20th – 26th  Although lead poisoning is the #1 preventable disease in U.S. children, every year, over 500,000 children under the age of six are diagnosed with lead poisoning. Incredibly, this figure does not include the number of children between the ages of six and eighteen that already suffer from lead poisoning. In addition, many other children have not yet