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Recent Lead Poisoning in California

Despite a nationwide effort to remove lead contamination from buildings and residences, children in the Bay Area and downtown Los Angeles are still being diagnosed with lead poisoning. With the focus of lead removal efforts being in the Rust Belt and along the East Coast, it seems that California was overlooked. Lead used to be commonly found in paints, gasoline, and plumbing. It took several studies to confirm that lead poisoning in children caused a considerable and irreversible impact on their health, ... Read more

Know the Symptoms of Lead Poisoning

Before 1978, particularly in the 1950s, lead was a common ingredient found in house paint. Homes painted with lead-based paint pose a constant threat even today, as painted surfaces break down over time, releasing lead dust that can be breathed in by children. Windows, doors, steps and porches are key zones where lead dust can be released. Lead-based paint can similarly contaminate the soil around homes, a consequence of chipping paint and renovation activity. People can track this soil into homes where ... Read more

Lead Contamination Near L.A. County Battery Recycling Plant

In March of last year, a L.A. County battery recycling plant that had long emitted dangerous pollutants was closed. Before the Exide Technologies plant shut down, as many as 10,000 homes were contaminated with poisonous lead. The California Department of Toxic Substance has done a survey of 1,000 properties in the surrounding neighborhoods and found that all contained lead contamination in varying degrees. Children suffer the most from toxic lead contamination. Analysis by the state Department of Health revealed that 3.58% of ... Read more

7 Unexpected Sources of Lead Exposure

The serious water crisis in Flint Michigan, still ongoing, has brought the issue of lead contamination back into the public spotlight. Most people assumed they were safe from lead exposure, but this crisis has highlighted the reality that lead could be lurking in our own homes and we wouldn’t even know it. Here are seven places lead might be hiding: 1. In the soil – Lead seeps into soil from a number of different sources, including from lead-based paint, from ground water, ... Read more

Are You Doing a DIY Project? Here’s How to Avoid Dangerous Substances and Fumes

Most people tackle do-it-yourself projects without thinking twice about whether or not there might be dangerous substances lurking in their home or used for that project. The truth is that even a simple DIY project like painting a room can lead you to encounter toxic, potentially hazardous materials. Here are a few tips for avoiding those fumes and substances as you do those DIY projects: If you are opening up a wall or ceiling, get help. While your goal is to the ... Read more

How We Can Minimize Lead Exposure

The Flint, Michigan water crisis has only made the necessity of clean drinking water more obvious. While there are some places in the world that have very well-protected sources of water, contamination can happen not just in the pipes or in the water treatment plant, but in the home, too. Homes that have metal taps, especially older taps, might find that they are dousing their water with lead. Individual plumbing systems are the biggest offenders of lead contamination. What is lead and ... Read more

How to Test for Lead in Your Home Water Supply

The recent Flint, Michigan water crisis might lead you to wonder if your home’s water supply contains lead. According to the EPA, up to 20% of all lead exposures comes from water that is exposed to lead. If there are babies in a house, they can get up to 60% of their total lead exposure just from drinking formula that is made with lead-contaminated water. Once it enters a person’s system, lead stays for a long time, collecting in the blood stream ... Read more

Live in an older home? Check for lead poisoning

Homes built before 1986 are likely to have been constructed with pipes that contain lead. Most of these pipes were coated with another material, but over time, as water corrodes and wears away at the interior of the pipes, the lead is exposed and can seep into the water. These homes are also more likely to have been decorated with paint that contains led. A 2014 report found that more than a thousand children in the Pennsylvania city of York had ... Read more

5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know about Lead Poisoning

With the recent water supply issues in Flint, Michigan, many people are starting to wonder whether or not they might be at risk for lead exposure in their own homes. There are a wide variety of different ways that a person could be exposed to lead, ranging from water to lead to paint, and beyond. Here are the five things that you need to know about lead poisoning: 1. It is recommended that all children should be screened for lead by age ... Read more

Don’t Take Chances with Lead in Your Home

If you’ve been paying attention to the water issues going on in Flint, Michigan, you might be a little concerned about the possibility of lead poisoning in your own home. While the issues that are happening in Flint are unlikely to happen in other communities in the country, there is still the danger of lead poisoning, especially in older homes, which often contain lead paint. Lead is dangerous, not just to adults, but also to children. Lead has been used widely for ... Read more
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