Health Effects of Lead
The effects of lead on the health of adults and children are a major health concern in the United States and have been since 1978. At that time legislature prohibited its use in homes, business, schools and hospitals. Environmental exposure to lead existing in buildings built prior to 1978 can cause humans severe brain impairment, debilitating disease and death. If you know you or your children were exposed to lead paint or other products, you should contact your doctor at once for examination and testing. For this reason it is also very important to call a professional for lead inspection services in your area.
1. Time Frame
Acute exposure to lead residues or chemical resulting can cause poisoning symptoms to occur within days. Chronic exposure takes place over the course of several years, and usually causes permanent damage to both adults and children such as:
- Short- term exposure causes appetite loss, nausea and vomiting, joint or muscle pain and severe anemia.
- Long- term exposure is severe, including permanent damage to the reproductive, blood-forming and nervous systems.
- Children are especially at risk for lead poisoning, and can have retardation and other severe neurological damage.
- A child and pregnant woman’s lead exposure causes retardation and severe brain disorders resulting in comas, seizures and death.
4. Causes (Contamination through:)
- Lead-Based Paint
- Paint Chips
- Contaminated Soil
- Dust where lead contamination occurred.
You must immediately contact a certified lead abatement contractor to test your property and to safely remove old paint or other contaminants. This has to be done professionally in safe accordance with state and federal mandates regarding the removal of deadly lead contamination.
Do not attempt to sand, scrape and remove lead paint yourself, as you would unknowingly cause particles of lead residue to scatter throughout your home’s air, worsening contamination.
6. Grants Available for Lead Removal
A division of HUD offers grants for removal of lead contamination in residences as part of the national efforts to ensure safe living environment for children and adults. Homeowners with residential contamination should visit the website and complete an application for the award of a grant to pay for decontamination. They have a toll free number for any questions you may have.
Owners of Rental Properties
If you own rental property over 40 years old, it must be tested and if contaminated, professionally decontaminated.
Need a lead inspection in the LA area? Call Common Sense Inspections at (323) 372-2666 today for quick and reliable services.