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Indoor Air Pollution and Low Income Housing in South Los Angeles
1/29/2015 5:40:27 PM
Last month, California’s KCET published a report about indoor air pollution concerns in low income housing found in many parts of South Los Angeles.  The article’s main focus was on pest infestations and how landlords’ responses can cause tenants to be exposed to harmful pesticides. It discussed ways that improper pest control measures can compound already unhealthy living …
San Diego Fights Lead Poisoning in Homes with New HUD Grant
1/28/2015 5:26:11 PM
Last month, San Diego’s Fox 5 published a report about a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help prevent lead poisoning in the city.  According to the article, San Diego will use the $3.4 million grant to remove lead-based paints (LBPs) from homes with small children.   Contact with this hazardous heavy metal often results from exposure …
Students Moved from Classrooms after Mold is Discovered
1/27/2015 4:53:03 PM
Earlier this month, WHNT published a report about mold that was found growing in several classrooms at a school in Morgan County, Alabama.  According to the report, most of the mold was found in the ceiling above three classrooms and that students were moved to other areas of the school.    The mold was discovered after parents complained of their children getting sick.  …
Freeclaim Solicitors look at ways of living with Chronic Pain
Freeclaim Solicitors look at ways of living with Chronic Pain
1/27/2015 4:46:42 AM
Chronic pain is described as a long-term persistent pain, usually lasting several months or longer. It is often brought on as a result of an injury sustained in an accident, but the pain can continue a long time after the initial injury has healed. At Freeclaim Solicitors we understand the devastating effects it can have on a person’s quality of life, making it difficult …
Study of Public Housing in San Francisco Looks at Mold, Lead & Childhood Asthma
1/26/2015 5:04:54 PM
Last month, The San Francisco Examiner published an article about a recent study of the health of children living in the city’s public housing.  According to the study results reported in the article, children that live in public housing that has not been renovated are 39% more likely to repeatedly visit hospital emergency rooms as compared to children living in renovated …
Victorville Apartment Fire Causes Damage Due to Smoke, Water and Flames
Victorville Apartment Fire Causes Damage Due to Smoke, Water and Flames
1/23/2015 9:34:20 AM
Last month, the Daily Press published a report about an apartment fire in Victorville that displaced several families. According to the article, firefighters rescued multiple people and at least four apartments were damaged in the fire.   Fortunately, the fire was contained to just one apartment, but smoke and water damage can easily cause problems in surrounding units. …
Landlords Settle EPA Claim for Failure to Follow Lead Paint Disclosure Laws
1/22/2015 5:34:06 PM
Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that two Boston-area landlords will perform health-protective improvements on five Dorchester properties to settle EPA claims that they failed to follow federal lead paint disclosure laws. Under the settlement, the two will also pay a cash penalty of over $10,000 in addition to lead abatement projects valued …
A Dramatic Increase of Legionnaires’ Disease Cases in the Bronx, NY
1/20/2015 1:46:17 PM
Health officials are investigating a large increase in the number of Legionnaires’ disease (LD) cases in the Bronx. In 2014, this borough of New York City had an incidence rate of 4.3 per 100,000 residents compared to the 2014 city-wide rate of 2.5 per 100,000 cases according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Health officials recommend that …
Extreme Winter Temperatures Result in Burst Pipes, Water Damage & Mold
1/19/2015 4:18:06 PM
Each winter, countless homes and buildings suffer water damage due to frozen pipes that have burst. This typically occurs during extreme cold weather or if the building’s heating system is not working properly. When water in a pipe freezes, it expands and puts tremendous pressure on both metal and plastic pipes.  If the pipe does break, many supply lines can easily release …
Prepackaged Caramel Apples Recalled Due to Listeria Contamination Concerns
1/19/2015 1:51:07 PM
Last month, the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) published information about an outbreak of infections caused by Listeria .  An apple supplier for prepackaged caramel apples may be linked to the listeriosis outbreak and this has already resulted in multiple voluntary product recalls.   As of December 31, 2014, “CDC continues to recommend that U.S. consumers …
BP Statement on Phase 2 Decision in Gulf Oil Spill Trial
1/16/2015 11:49:26 AM
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ruled on the issues raised in the Phase 2 trial of the Deepwater Horizon case: the quantification of oil spilled and BP’s source control efforts following the accident. The Court found that 3.19 million barrels of oil were discharged into the Gulf of Mexico and therefore subject to a Clean Water Act (CWA) …
California Firm Recalls Enchiladas Due to Salmonella Concerns
1/12/2015 5:41:47 PM
Last month, a Vernon, California company issued a recall of frozen cheese enchiladas due to potential concerns over contamination from Salmonella . The announcement was posted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recall list after routine product testing by a supplier of organic cilantro used in the company’s product revealed the possibility of the microbial …
San Diego Residents Reminded of Health & Safety Concerns after Asbestos Makes the News
1/9/2015 4:52:26 PM
Last month, San Diego’s CW Network affiliate published a report about a former asbestos removal trainer who pled guilty to charges of granting training certifications to students who did not attend required asbestos training courses or passing an essential examination.    When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed, asbestos fibers may be released into the air, which …
Public Reminded of Radon Risks during National Radon Action Month
Public Reminded of Radon Risks during National Radon Action Month
1/8/2015 5:31:19 PM
January has been designated as National Radon Action Month by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water.  People cannot see, smell or taste radon, but if it is present indoors at high levels it can be a danger over time to any building occupants.   The EPA’s radon website reports, “Radon is the …

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