From recent reports of extensive lead poisoning in Michigan, New York, and Wisconsin, it’s safe to say that building materials that haven’t been used since 1978 will continue to be a health danger for years to come.
At Least 4 Million Currently Exposed to High Levels of Lead
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are at least 4 million households with children exposed to dangerously high levels of lead. While lead paint in old homes built before 1978 is known as a likely contributor to poisoning, other common sources of lead include:
- Household items made before 1976
- Pipes and sink faucets
- Paint sets and art supplies
- Toys painted before 1976
- Soil or dirt contaminated by car exhaust
Who is at Highest Risk for Developing Lead Poisoning?
The CDC tells us that even though a standardized safe blood lead level for children has yet to be identified, exposure to it can affect just about every system in our bodies – including mental and physical development.
Children are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning primarily because of their habit of putting things in their mouths.
Elderly adults with weakened immune systems are also at high risk of developing serious health problems associated with lead poisoning.
What Are The Symptoms of Lead Poisoning?
Because symptoms of lead poisoning are often slow to materialize, it can be hard to detect.
In children, the tell-tale signs of lead poisoning include:
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- Learning difficulties
In adults, lead poisoning symptoms include:
- Decline in cognitive abilities
- High blood pressure
- Joint pains
- Memory loss
- Numbness or tingling sensation in extremities
How to Protect Your Family From Lead Poisoning
No matter how old your home or apartment is, there a host of proactive things you can do to limit the chances of your family experiencing lead poisoning.
- Clean your floors, tabletops and windowsills with a wet mop or cloth once a week.
- With an antiseptic wipe, clean toys, wash bottles and pacifiers.
- Check painted windows, floors, and doors for chipping or peeling paint.
- Wash your children’s hands before meals, naps and bedtime as well as after play.
If Your Family Has Been Exposed to Lead Poisoning, Call The Fitzgerald Law Firm
If you or someone you know has been affected by exposure to lead, we’d welcome the opportunity to speak with you.
Get in touch with us here at The Fitzgerald Law Firm. The first meeting is always free, so call us at 800-323-9900.