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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

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

Be Lead Safe When You Renovate Your Home

Many older homes were built or decorated with materials that contain lead. Lead paint is one of the biggest culprits of lead exposure, which can be very dangerous for children and adults alike. Dust contaminated with lead, lead paint chips, and other items that contain lead are likely to be stirred up or created during a home renovation, exposing those who live in that home to lead. Lead is so dangerous that testing for it is now mandated by law for all ... Read more

7 Surprising Places Lead Could Be Lurking

Lead and lead poisoning are serious dangers, with symptoms ranging from developmental issues to death. There is no such thing as a safe level of lead in an environment, and yet, lead is prevalent in many homes, whether the owners know it or not. Lead exposure is often impossible to reverse, so being on the offensive and finding lead before it takes its toll is the best way to combat it. Here are seven places your home could be harboring dangerous lead: 1. ... Read more

A recent study of kids in the city finds links between lead paint exposure and failure on standardized tests

Lead paint: we’ve all heard about how dangerous it is for children. We’ve read the stories about children dying, having seizures, and developing illnesses and disorders after exposure to lead paint. A recent study has discovered, however, that some of the most widespread and damaging results of lead paint are far subtler than we originally imagined; namely, that children who were exposed to lead paint have much lower test scores in math and reading than children who were never exposed to ... Read more

VIDEO: Lead-Based Paint Removal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sDV1RuHdMM Lead-based paint and lead contaminated dust are the most hazardous sources of lead for children. Lead-based paints were banned for use in housing in 1978. All houses built before 1978 are likely to contain some lead-based paint. However, it is the deterioration of this paint that causes a problem. Approximately 24 million housing units have deteriorated leaded paint and elevated levels of lead-contaminated house dust. More than 4 million of these dwellings are homes to one or more young children. Extreme caution and adherence ... Read more

Lead Poisoning: A Modern Plague Among Children

In our modern society, most children in industrialized countries do not have to worry about the black plague or yellow fever or other diseases that killed or damaged so many children in past centuries. There is, however, a much more prevalent and dangerous problem for children in our society: lead poisoning. Lead in the air, in paint, in soil call all have serious effects on children and can be far more dangerous than most types of cancer. One of the Most Preventable ... Read more
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