Lead-Based Paint Sampling

 

What is Lead?

Lead is a naturally occurring element. Lead can be found in all parts of our environment – the air, the soil, the water, and even inside our homes. Our exposure comes from industrial facilities, and past use of lead-based paint in homes.

Many homes and condominiums built before 1978 have lead-based paint.


Who is at Risk?

Children

Lead is particularly dangerous to children because their growing bodies absorb more lead than adults. Their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead. Children may be exposed to lead by eating and drinking food or water containing lead, from using dishes or glasses that contain lead, inhaling lead dust from lead-based pain, lead contaminated soil or from playing with toys containing lead paint.

Adults (extra consideration for pregnant women)

Adults may be exposed to lead by eating and drinking food or water containing lead, from using dishes or glasses that contain lead, breathing in lead dust by spending time in lead-based paint renovation or repair. A pregnant woman’s exposure to lead from these sources is of particular concern because it can result in exposure to her developing baby.

The most important step that anyone can take is to prevent lead exposure before it occurs.

What are the Health Effects of Lead?

Even low levels of lead in the blood of children can result in:
* Behavior and learning problems
* Lower IQ and Hyperactivity
* Slowed growth
* Hearing Problems
* Anemia
In some cases, exposure to lead can cause seizures, coma and even death.