Many of us are familiar with warnings about lead-based paint in older homes. However, your family can be exposed to lead in many other surprising ways. Here is some additional information about this potentially dangerous metal, related health risks and a solution for making your home a safe place.
Common Sources of Lead Exposure
Have you noticed that the water from your sink looks gray? Did you ever think that digging up soil in your backyard might present a health risk? According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, lead has been identified throughout the earth. The substance has been used in many products from paint, ceramics and pipes to gasoline, batteries and cosmetics.
Since 1980, when some of the dangers of lead became a serious cause for concern, federal and state regulations required reducing or eliminating the use of lead in these products. However, many are still exposed to lead from these sources:
- Contaminated soil
- Drinking water
- Household dust
- Inexpensive metal jewelry
- Lead-based paint in older homes
- Lead crystals
- Lead-glazed pottery
Ways Lead Enters the Body and Resulting Problems
Are you wondering how lead can actually get into your body? Here are some of the ways that you may be exposed to this substance:
- An adult, child or pet may inhale the paint dust or eat the chips.
- The soil in your yard can absorb lead from the paint on your house.
- Lead can also infiltrate your drinking water via the plumbing.
Any exposure to lead is considered unsafe. To protect your family, it is important to eliminate all traces of the substance in and around your home. If this step is not taken, your children may experience the following problems:
- Behavioral issues
- Delayed puberty
- Decreased academic achievement
- Decreases in hearing, cognitive performance, and postnatal growth or height
- Increases in both behavioral problems and attention-related behaviors
- Lower IQ scores
In adults, exposure to this metal can lead to the following health issues:
- Cardiovascular problems
- Decreased kidney function
- Fertility problems
- Greater incidence of essential tremor
- Increases in blood pressure
- Memory or concentration difficulties
- Muscle and joint pain
- Nerve disorders
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Fortunately, you can take a positive step to prevent lead exposure at your home. If you call NWA Restore It, Inc., our certified hazardous material (HAZMAT) cleanup specialists can help! To schedule a HAZMAT cleanup Rogers AR, contact us now!