Saturday, December 31, 2011

The truth about lead

There are many misconceptions about lead paint; People seem to think lead paint is a problem of the past. People still believe that kids can only get lead poisoning by eating paint chips. This is not the case. Lead dust created during renovations and painting activity pose the highest lead poison threat to children.Though children below the age of 6 are at the greatest risk health experts say anyone can be poisoned by lead. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates some 250,000 U.S. children between the ages of 1 and 5 suffer from lead poisoning that number maybe even higher. According to EPA, over one million kids have been poisoned by lead from old paint and uncontained renovations, meaning they have more than 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. Children who have elevated blood lead levels can experience developmental and behavioral problems leeding to a life time of problems.

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