Even though lead paint and leaded gasoline have been banned for over thirty years, lead poisoning remains one of the most common pediatric health problems in the US, while being the most preventable. In some communities, over 50% of the homes and apartment buildings were built before 1978 and present at lead poisoning risk to this day.
Sadly, according to the CDC, the risk is highest for minority and low-income children, who are more likely to live in these older residences. The distribution of lead-based health risks and effects is significantly out of balance, falling primarily on these populations.
The risks of lead poisoning include:
* Learning disabilities
* Hearing and visual impairment
* Developmental problems
Children with high levels of lead grow up to have more challenges as well.
Lead poisoning education programs are great for what they are, but rely on families to do the repairs and remediation themselves, which may not be financially viable, especially in today’s weak economy.
The Economic Policy Institute reports that “every $1 spent on controlling lead results in a return of $17-$221” in reduced costs and increased earnings for each child who is protected from lead poisoning. If you live in a house or apartment built before 1978 and have not already tested for lead paint and lead dust, now is a great time to make sure that your home is safe for your family.
If you need help with testing, prevention, clean up after construction or renovation or lead paint removal, please call on Alliance Environmental Group.
Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for Alliance Environmental Group and AirTek Indoor Air Solutions. She welcomes your comments! For more news and tips, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on indoor air challenges, Like us at AirTek on Facebook!