If you visit our Facebook Page this week, you will notice that we are posting a lot about lead poisoning and promoting Lead Poisoning Awareness Week, October 21-27, 2013.
Why are we talking about lead? Our sister company, Alliance Environmental Group, is a leading provider of lead paint removal services in California. Lead paint is a major cause of lead poisoning in children, but not just from little ones eating chipped paint. Lead dust in the air is a big issue, as well.
Many people think that lead poisoning is no longer a problem for today’s population, but that is far from the truth. Any home built before 1978 can have lead-based paint lurking under newer colors. Lead ammunition is till poisoning California Condors today, although Governor Jerry Brown just signed a lead ammunition ban that should help. We often report on the Alliance blog about imported items–including food and toys–which turn out to contain illegal amounts of lead.
Your child may be too old to eat paint chips, but they could still be exposed to lead in your home through lead dust released by opening windows and doors or in their outdoor environment. And the CDC has determined that a very low level of lead in a child’s blood can cause health and developmental problems. How can you minimize your child’s exposure to lead?
Wash your child’s hands before meals and after playing outside.
Provide your child with foods that are high in iron, calcium and Vitamin C.
Frequently wash toys, pacifiers and other items your child uses regularly.
Dust and wet mop weekly.
Have your family members leave their shoes outside the door.
Test your home for lead to determine the source of exposure.
Ensure that any renovation and maintenance work is done in a lead-safe manner.
Follow-up with your child’s doctor.
At AirTek, we are committed to helping Californians reduce and remove the risks of all kinds of contaminants in both indoor and outdoor air. Lead poisoning is one of those risks. If your home needs lead paint removed, contact Alliance Environmental Group for help with lead paint removal. Come on over and Like them on Facebook. And wash your hands! And bookmark the AirTek blog for articles, news, and links about indoor and outdoor air quality and your health!