Homes - Indoor Air Quality
is National Home Indoor Air Quality & Awareness Month
Calendar - Ideas for the Week
Learn about the hazards of lead and where the risk of exposure
is the greatest. Being informed about the risks is an important
beginning to protecting the health of your child.
the information on lead provided on this web site - and
visit these resources:
Your Family From Lead in Your Home. This booklet is published
by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) to inform families about the hazards of lead. You
can get a copy on-line at: http://www.hud.gov/lea/leadhelp.html
or by calling the HUD office serving your state or region
(this is usually listed in the government pages in your
telephone book). Every family with young children should
read this book! (Available in Spanish and other languages.)
Lead Information Center, 1025 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite
1200, Washington, DC 20036-5405; 800/424-LEAD ;
http://www.epa.gov/lead/nlic.htm. This Center operates
an information hot-line for questions about lead (National
Lead Information Clearinghouse), and provides many publications.
Their website has a wealth of information and has links
to many other organizations working on lead issues. Materials
are available in Spanish.
to End Childhood Lead Poisoning 227 Massachusetts Avenue,
NE, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20002; 202/543-1147; http://www.aeclp.org.
This organization provides information and publications.
Tuesday: Where does your child
spend time? Your home? A childcare center or family daycare
home? The home of grandparents or other relatives? School
or church? Are any of these places in buildings that were
built before 1978?
about the age of buildings where your child spends time
on a regular basis. Buildings that were constructed before
about 1978 could have lead-based paint. Buildings constructed
before about 1950 are likely to have lead-based paint. Talk
to the owners of the buildings. Ask about lead-based paint
hazards. Have the buildings been tested for lead hazards?
Are painted surfaces in good repair? Is there a maintenance
plan in place to reduce the hazards of lead?
can you go for help if you think your child has been exposed
to lead hazards?
your local or state health department. Some of these agencies
have special programs for children at risk of lead hazards.
They may also refer you to another agency.
and locate lead inspectors or risk assessor in your area.
Besides your local health department, try the Yellow
Pages of the telephone book. Try looking under Environmental
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains
a National Lead Service Providers System that can assist
you in finding trained professionals. Check http://www.leadlisting.org
or contact your state or regional HUD office.
you local Cooperative Extension Office (locate your local
Usually you can find this agency listed in your county
government directory. Many Cooperative Extension offices
can provide you with educational materials on lead hazards
and may be able to refer you to local sources of further
Has your child been exposed to lead hazards? The most likely
source of exposure is time spent in a building with lead-based
paint. Other sources could be old plumbing systems with
lead pipes or solder, lead glazed ceramics or pottery, hobby
or art supplies, soil contaminated from past use of leaded
gasoline, or air pollution from industries that use lead.
Children who live with someone who has lead poisoning are
also considered at risk.
experts recommend that all children should be tested for
lead exposure, even if they are not at obvious risk for
lead hazards. A blood test at 12 months will screen for
lead exposure. More frequent testing is recommended for
children at risk.
your child been screened for lead exposure?
Today is Halloween and the traditional ritual of treats
for children. This is a good day to think about how food
and nutrition can affect children at risk of lead hazards.
If your child is at risk, it is also a good day to review
healthy diet can reduce the risk of lead poisoning by limiting
the amount of lead that is absorbed into the body. In particular,
it is important that children at risk of lead exposure eat
a diet that is high in calcium and iron, and low in fat.
Milk and other dairy products, dark green vegetables, and
whole grains are examples of foods that are beneficial to
children at risk of lead hazards in fact, all children!
local Cooperative Extension office (find your Extension
is a good source of information on healthy diets for children.
A nationally recognized web site is right here in Lancaster
County, Nebraska - visit the Food Safety & Nutrition
web site at http://lancaster.unl.edu/food
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