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Elevated Levels of Lead-Contaminated Dust Found in Approximately 24 Million Homes
12/19/2014 4:12:08 PM
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), today in the United States there are approximately 24 million housing units that have deteriorated lead paint and elevated levels of lead-contaminated house dust. Of these, more than four million of the dwellings are home to one or more young children.   Lead-based paint (LBP) and lead-contaminated dust are …
Beware of Children’s Holiday Toys that May Contain Lead
Beware of Children’s Holiday Toys that May Contain Lead
12/18/2014 12:47:09 PM
In November, The Baltimore Sun published an article about high levels of lead found in a children’s jewelry set.  According to the article, the inexpensive plastic pearl necklace with an attached charm and earrings had a lead level that was five times above the permissible amount.   This story reminds parents that with the holidays just a short time away, parents need to …
Pioneering Prosthetic Treatments Help Amputees Get Their Lives Back On Track
Pioneering Prosthetic Treatments Help Amputees Get Their Lives Back On Track
12/18/2014 5:04:42 AM
Within the past few years many fantastic developments in prosthetics have been made. From 3D printing and skeletal infused implants to responsive mechanical prosthetics, the medical advances have been ground breaking, providing victims of amputation and those born without limbs a new alternative, greater comfort and increased mobility. Freeclaim Solicitors look at 3 of the …
IAQ Experts Provide Tips for Preventing the Winter Blues due to Water Damage & Mold
IAQ Experts Provide Tips for Preventing the Winter Blues due to Water Damage & Mold
12/17/2014 5:41:41 PM
Few things can turn the holiday season from a festive time to the onset of the winter blues as quickly as finding water damage and mold growth in a home.  The winter season can be tough on any type of property and this can be especially true for the millions of homes located in areas that experience arctic blasts and heavy …
EFF in Court to Argue NSA Data Collection from Internet Backbone Is Unconstitutional
12/17/2014 10:36:29 AM
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will argue on Friday before a federal court that the National Security Agency (NSA) is violating the Fourth Amendment by copying and searching data that it collects by tapping into the Internet backbone. The hearing on a motion for partial summary judgment in Jewel v. NSA will be at 9 am on Dec. 19 before Judge Jeffrey White at the …
What can employers and employees do to prevent noise induced hearing loss?
What can employers and employees do to prevent noise induced hearing loss?
12/17/2014 6:22:01 AM
Hearing loss affects over 9 million people here in the UK and is a cause of distress for many sufferers, especially if it has been caused by someone else’s negligence or an employer’s failure to implement the appropriate safety measures. If you have suffered hearing loss and you believe someone else is to blame, contact a member of our specialist team today.  The two most …
Former Employees of National Sporting Goods Store Sue Alleging Exposure to Mold
12/16/2014 2:59:24 PM
In November, The Louisiana Record published a report about two former employees of a national chain of sporting goods stores that allege they became sick after being exposed to mold at the retailer.  The store in question is located in Gretna and the lawsuit was filed at the 24th Judicial District Court.   According to the article, “The defendant is accused of failing to …
Holiday Travelers Cautioned to be Aware of Bed Bugs
Holiday Travelers Cautioned to be Aware of Bed Bugs
12/16/2014 2:28:05 PM
One of the busiest travel periods of the year takes place during the holiday season.  Millions of people travel by plane, train or automobile to visit family and friends to celebrate the festive season. While many people may be worried about making their flight or how long their car trip will take, travelers are also cautioned to be on the lookout for bed bugs during their …
Massive Fire in Los Angeles Causes Destruction and Smoke Damage Concerns in Nearby Buildings
Massive Fire in Los Angeles Causes Destruction and Smoke Damage Concerns in Nearby Buildings
12/15/2014 10:22:56 AM
In the early hours of December 8th, approximately 250 firefighters were called to battle a massive blaze in downtown Los Angeles. The fire broke out at a construction site the size of a city block and could be seen from miles away.   The fire, which closed nearby freeways and caused millions of dollars in damages, is under investigation.  Not only did the fire cause …
Mold Temporarily Closes Another California Fire Station
Mold Temporarily Closes Another California Fire Station
12/11/2014 5:24:16 PM
Last month, the Contra Costa Times reported that the East Contra Costa Fire District had to temporarily relocate firefighters from their station in Knightsen, California. The firefighters are being moved to a facility in Brentwood during the mold removal process along with the cleaning of its heating and air conditioning system. The repair work is expected to take the rest …
KKC Launches New “The Whistleblower Blog” on International Anti-Corruption Day
12/9/2014 4:00:00 PM
December 9, 2014. Washington, D.C. Today, the law firm of  Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto, LLP  launched “ The Whistleblower Blog .”  This Blog is a  pro bono  public service project sponsored by the whistleblower rights law firm of Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP. The Whistleblower Blog highlights important news, legal developments and policy issues critical to whistleblowers …
Basements & Crawl Spaces Can Impact a Home’s Indoor Air Quality
Basements & Crawl Spaces Can Impact a Home’s Indoor Air Quality
12/9/2014 9:44:49 AM
In most areas, homes are either built on a slab, above a crawl space or over a basement.  Depending on the type of foundation used to build a home, it can create various situations that could impact the indoor air quality (IAQ) of the overlying property.   Some homes with crawl spaces and basements suffer from moisture problems and often one of the first tell-tale signs is a …
Heavy Rains Bring Drought Relief and Flooding to California
Heavy Rains Bring Drought Relief and Flooding to California
12/8/2014 9:25:27 AM
Early December brought much needed drought relief in many parts of parched California.  Unfortunately, along with the soaking rains came floods, mudslides and strong winds that toppled trees and caused property damage. There have been widespread reports of homes and businesses sustaining water damage in some areas. In the San Francisco’s Mission District, some homes were …
Radon a Health Threat for Residents of Some Heavily Populated Regions of California
Radon a Health Threat for Residents of Some Heavily Populated Regions of California
12/3/2014 9:59:06 AM
While California may not have as many geographical regions with the highest potential for elevated indoor radon levels (greater than 4 pCi/L) as some other states, there are still some heavily populated regions recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as falling into this category.  Due to its large population, some urban areas are believed to have many …
How a Home’s Ventilation Can Impact Your Indoor Air Quality
How a Home’s Ventilation Can Impact Your Indoor Air Quality
12/1/2014 5:34:20 PM
Since most American’s spend up to 90% of their time indoors, the air in their home is a significant component to their health. Indoor pollutants can sometimes accumulate to levels that can pose health and comfort issues when too little outdoor air enters a home. These pollutants may include mold, bacteria, tobacco smoke, pesticides, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), radon, …
Mold Concerns Close Child Development Center at UC Riverside
Mold Concerns Close Child Development Center at UC Riverside
12/1/2014 9:30:57 AM
Last month, the University of California at Riverside’s Highlander published a report about the discovery of mold at the Child Development Center.  According to the article, mold was found by the baseboards of the facility.    Students who depend on the child care services are being forced to find other alternatives and over two dozen student assistants are now out of a …
Lead Poisoning Risks and Shooting Ranges Come Under the Microscope
Lead Poisoning Risks and Shooting Ranges Come Under the Microscope
12/1/2014 9:27:13 AM
Recently, NBC News published a report about hidden dangers at shooting ranges. The article looked at lead poisoning risks to employees, law enforcement and the public who visit these locations. According to the article, a study in Alaska found that the largest source of lead exposure for 6 to 17 year olds was from shooting ranges.  It also discussed the case of 20 youths …
Over a Quarter of California Hospitals with Worse-Than-Expected Infection Rates
Over a Quarter of California Hospitals with Worse-Than-Expected Infection Rates
11/26/2014 3:11:11 PM
Last month, Kaiser Health News published information about their analyses of states with a high percentage of worse-than-expected infection rates. The analysis looked at data from six different categories of infections published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from over 3,000 hospitals nationwide. According to the report, California was one of 13 …
New Guidance for Indoor Air Quality in Schools
New Guidance for Indoor Air Quality in Schools
11/26/2014 3:07:58 PM
In October, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new guidance to help school districts protect indoor air quality while increasing energy efficiency during school renovations.  The practices outlined in the new guidance support schools as healthy, energy-efficient buildings that play a significant role in local communities.   According to the EPA, nearly …

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