(10/21/21) BATON ROUGE, La. — Lead poisoning still happens but can be prevented. The LSU AgCenter’s LaHouse Resource Center is joining many other agencies and organizations in promoting National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 24-30.
“Lead poisoning prevention education is an important part of our mission at LaHouse,” said Claudette Reichel, LaHouse director. “Through our Lead-safe Certified Renovator course and other educational resources available at LaHouse, we are here to help families and contractors prevent lead poisoning.”
About 3.3 million American households, including 2.1 million low-income households, have children under 6 years of age living in lead exposure hazards. Even low levels of lead exposure can impair a child’s cognitive development. Children with elevated lead levels in their blood can suffer delayed growth and development, damage to the brain and nervous system, learning and behavior problems and many other health-related problems.
Reichel said the most common source of exposure for children is from lead-based paint, which was used in many homes built before 1978. Adults and children can get lead into their bodies by breathing in lead dust or by swallowing lead dust that settles in food, on food preparation surfaces, floors, windowsills, soil that contains lead or elsewhere.
In general, the older the home, the greater the lead hazard present. When hiring a contractor to do repairs, or any home improvement that might disturb paint, Reichel recommends finding and hiring only Lead-safe Certified firms. They are listed on www.epa.gov/lead, along with more information about lead hazards and poisoning prevention.
“If your home was built before 1978, it’s a good idea to hire a certified inspector or risk assessor who can check your home for lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards,” Reichel said.
For more information on how to create a healthy, resilient and efficient home, you can visit the LaHouse Resource Center located on LSU’s campus or visit our website at www.LSUAgCenter.com/LaHouse.
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