Why Should I Be Concerned About Lead?
Did you know that lead is a toxic element and is especially harmful to children? The most common source of lead poisoning is exposure to lead-based paint. Exposure to lead in children can slow growth and development, create learning and behavior problems, and damage the brain and nervous system.1
Each year at the end of October, individuals, organizations, industries, and local governments come together to increase awareness on lead poisoning prevention in an effort to reduce childhood exposure to lead. We’ve joined the movement this year by compiling some helpful information for families and homeowners.
- If you live in a home built before 1978 have a certified lead inspector/risk assessor inspect your home for lead-based paint and/or lead hazards.
- Inspect and keep all painted surfaces in excellent shape. And before renovations, repairs, or painting projects, consult a certified lead professional.
- Parents can get their children’s blood tested for lead, and should monitor their homes for paint chips, peeling paint, or flaking paint. This is especially true for pre-1978 homes and even more important for pre-1960 homes where lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards are more likely.
- Clean often enough that dust does not accumulate. Surfaces should be “white glove” clean.
- Wash your hands! Washing hands and toys is an effective method of limiting exposure to lead dust.
- Communities in Iowa can apply for a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Lead-Based Paint Control (LHC) and Lead Hazard Reduction (LHR) grants. These programs allow for communities to offer free or low-cost home inspections and potential remediation of hazards.
Remember… lead poisoning is 100 % preventable! Impact7G has assisted communities for over a decade with the implementation of LHC and LHRD grants. Our extremely qualified group of environmental professionals brings diverse skill sets to managing properties with lead-based paint. We provide our community partners with cost-effective methods for ensuring lead-based paint is identified and remediated efficiently. For more information contact Tyler Silverthorn at 515-468-1105 or by email at [email protected].