Lead Dangers Linger in Many Homes across Florida
Advanced Building Assessment educates the public about potential lead hazards in homes, schools and offices across Florida.
Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around people’s homes. Lead also can be emitted into the air from industrial sources and leaded aviation gasoline, and lead can enter drinking water through plumbing materials.
Many people in Florida are still surprised to learn that lead may be a hazard in their own homes. Lead can be found in homes in the city, country and suburbs. It is found in apartments, single-family homes, and both private and public housing. In general, the older a home or building, the more likely it is to have lead-based paint. Many homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint since the federal government didn’t ban it from use in housing until then.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Lead is dangerous to children because babies and young children often put their hands and other objects that can have lead dust on them in their mouths. Also, children’s growing bodies absorb more lead than adult bodies do, and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead.”
Lead can even be a threat due to lead-based paints on the exterior of homes. Soil can pick up lead from exterior paint, or other sources such as past use of leaded gas in cars. Children playing in yards can then ingest or inhale lead dust. Even household dust can pick up lead from deteriorating lead-based paint or from soil tracked into a home.
“Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death,” reported Eric Osking, M.S., CIEC, President of Advanced Building Assessment, an expert on building sciences and indoor environmental issues. “Children six years old and under are most at risk. It’s important to have any suspect paints tested for the presence of lead before any renovations activities or if the paint appears to be flaking or deteriorating.”
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