From CG Public Health:
Health Department Recognizes Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 25-31st 2020.
Childhood lead poisoning is a highly preventable environmental health related disease among children. Lead is a highly toxic metal used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead may cause a range of health problems – from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body. Children age six and younger are at highest risk. Major sources of lead exposure to U.S. children include deteriorating lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in deteriorating buildings. Children can also be exposed to lead from additional sources including contaminated drinking water, take-home exposures from a workplace, and lead in soil. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 3.6 million American households have children under 6 years of age who live in homes with lead exposure hazards.
CG Public Health recommends that EVERY child be tested. All children regardless of race, economic background, or location of home, should be tested for lead poisoning starting at 12 months and 24 months.
Parents can reduce a child’s exposure to lead in many ways:
“Many homes in Cerro Gordo County were built before 1978 and may have lead-based paint. If you are unsure if you have lead in your home, the best thing you can do is take the preventative measure of testing your home, especially if you have young children living in or visiting the home,” said Jenna Heiar, Healthy Homes Program Coordinator, CG Public Health. Prevention of lead is crucial as lead impacts children permanently. There are usually no symptoms of lead poisoning until permanent damage is done. Heiar adds, “If you are planning on remodeling or renovating your home in the future, get your home tested prior, whether or not there is chipping or peeling paint”.
To increase awareness of childhood lead poisoning prevention, CG Public Health, along with the CDC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is participating in National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (LPPW) October 25-31st.
CG Public Health has received Housing & Urban Development (HUD) grant funds that can allow qualified, income eligible families with children, to fix lead hazards in their home or rental home at little or no cost to them. For more information, contact CG Public Health at 641-421-9301 or visit: https://cghealth.com/?topic=hud.