Protect Your Children By Following These Preventive Do’s and Don’ts
Spread the Word – National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 25th – 31th
Although lead poisoning is the #1 preventable disease in U.S. children, every year, over 500,000 children between the ages of 1 -5 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 been diagnosed. About 3.6 million American households have children under 6
years of age who live in homes with lead exposure hazards.
Lead poisoning has become a hot topic once again after a new study was released by the journal Environmental Science & Technology showing that children’s levels of exposure outdoors to lead-contaminated airborne dust explains why there are seasonal changes in their blood lead levels. This is true even if lead found in the dust was deposited in the soil years ago.
According to the study, levels of lead in the bloodstream among children living in U.S. cities can rise by more than 10 percent during the summer months, and then decrease during winter and spring.
Additionally, wind, humidity and other weather-related factors increase the amount of lead-contaminated dust in the air during those three months, when children are also more likely to be outside, according to US News & World Report.
Every year, over 500,000 children, under the age of six, in the U.S.A. alone, are diagnosed with lead poisoning. Incredibly, this does not include the number of children between the ages of six and eighteen that already suffer from lead poisoning.
Lead poisoning causes autism-like symptoms, brain damage, lower IQ, ADD, reduced neonatal weight, damage to the nervous system, and behavior and learning problems. Yet the EPA still fails to revise key lead-poisoning hazard standards, according to a USA Today report, in which Howard Mielke, a soil contamination expert at Tulane University’s medical school said the soil standard is too high to protect kids from harm. “It’s outrageous we aren’t acting on what we know,” he said.
The EPA announced its standards for how much lead is dangerous in dust and soil in 2000. Since then, a growing body of research has shown children are significantly harmed when exposed to far lower levels of lead than previously realized, the article stated.
The only way to definitively protect yourself and your family is to have your home and property tested for lead dust. Once spring comes, your children and pets will be playing in that soil, and the effect on their health could be devastating. For more information on lead poisoning and soil contamination, click here. Call RTK today at (800) 392-6468 or click here to book an appointment.
Did you know that lead dust is more dangerous than lead paint itself? According to the Center for Disease Control, a speck of lead dust, equal to a grain of sand, is enough to poison a child. Lead dust is the most common form of lead poisoning. If you do have lead in your home, you will need a lead abatement plan.
The only way to know, however, is to have lead testing done.
What is Lead Dust?
Lead dust forms when lead paint is chipped away or sanded. Most houses built before 1978, when it was banned, contain lead paint. Contrary to what most people think, a child doesn’t have to eat paint chips to get lead poisoning. Microscopic lead dust can be released into the air by simply raising and lowering a window painted with lead paint. The friction between the painted window sash and the painted window frame grinds the paint and generates toxic lead-containing dust. Lead dust is invisible, travels through the air, and is very harmful when inhaled.
Every year, over 500,000 children under the age of six get lead poisoning. Pregnant woman and pets are also in high-risk groups. Lead poisoning causes brain damage, lower IQ, ADD, headaches, reduced neonatal weight, damage to the brain and nervous system, behavior and learning problems, slowed growth, hearing problems, headaches, and sometime seizures, coma and even death.
Before doing any work in your home, have a certified lead inspector conduct a lead test to see if you are at risk. When hiring renovators or contractors, be sure that they are EPA certified in RRP (Renovation, Repair and Painting) and provide a lead-safe work practice. Also, when cleaning lead dust on your own, be sure to follow the proper precautions.