Children’s Health Month PSA: Lead

Children’s Health Month PSA: Lead


[Music] EPA recognizes October as Children’s
Health Month. During this time we focus on childhood exposure to environmental
risks and we provide tips to help protect children where they live, learn
and play. Did you know that older homes are more likely to have lead-based paint?
If your home was built prior to 1978 there’s a good chance it has lead-based
paint. Lead exposure is especially dangerous for children and can affect
almost every organ and system in a child’s body. Children six years old and
younger are most susceptible to the effects of lead. Even low levels of lead
in children can result in behavior and learning problems, lower IQ and
hyperactivity, slow growth, hearing problems and anemia. There are steps you
can take to help prevent exposure to lead. Keeping your home clean, dust free
and well-maintained will go a long way in preventing lead exposure. Inspect and
maintain all painted surfaces to prevent paint deterioration. Should water damage
occur in your home address the damage quickly and completely. This will also
prevent mold growth. Clean around painted areas where friction can generate dust
such as doors, windows and drawers. Wipe these areas with a wet sponge or rag to
remove paint chips or dust. Wash children’s hands, bottles, pacifiers and
toys often. Teach children to remove their shoes and wash their hands after
playing outdoors. Ensure that your family members eat well-balanced meals. Children
with healthy diets absorb less lead. For more information on protecting
children’s health from environmental risks visit epa.gov forward slash lead. [Music]

Daniel Yohans

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