Lead Poisoning Prevention
City of Racine Public Health Department
Which would you choose: to live in a home you could afford, or one that is healthy for your family? Sadly, too many families in America are forced with that decision every day.
Live Lead Safe is a grant program that seeks to reduce lead paint hazards in homes built before 1978. Continue reading for more information about lead and the Live Lead Safe program.
Lead is a highly toxic heavy metal that produces a range of adverse health effects, particularly in young children. Lead dust is of particular concern as it is often undetected and easily absorbed. Lead paint used on the interior and exterior of homes was banned in the U.S. in 1978. However, it is estimated that about 75% of homes built before 1978 still contain some lead paint.
Both inside and outside the home, deteriorated lead from paint mixes with household dust and soil and becomes tracked in. Children may become lead poisoned by:
Read through the brochure "Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home" for additional information (English, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Somali, Arabic, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean and French).
Click here to fill out an application and see if you qualify for the Live Lead Safe program.
For more information or assistance with an application, contact:Kenosha County Public Health 8600 Sheridan Road, Suite 600 Kenosha, WI 53143 Phone: 262-605-6717 Fax: 262-605-6725 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) believes our communities should make homes available to families that are affordable and healthy. "Healthy Homes" is a century-old concept that promotes safe, decent, and sanitary housing as a means for preventing disease and injury. There is a lot of emerging scientific evidence linking health outcomes such as asthma, lead poisoning, and unintentional injuries to substandard housing. And, there are more than 6 million substandard housing units nationwide. Help Yourself to a Healthy Home (PDF) provides valuable information to assist in making your home healthier for you and your family.
But it’s not just older homes that contain hazards. Even newer expensive homes may have hazards lurking within. Creating healthier housing promotes the healthy growth and development of children. It has the potential to save billions in health care costs. Everyone needs a healthy home and some of the most serious health problems for children start in their home. There are special reasons to think about children:
So what can you do? Fortunately, there are some really simple ways to help make your home a healthier place for you and your family. By following the Seven Healthy Homes Principles below, you can help make your home a healthier place to live in.
1. Keep Your Home DryDamp houses provide a nurturing environment for mites, roaches, rodents, and molds, all of which are associated with asthma.
2. Keep Your Home CleanClean homes help reduce pest infestations and exposure to contaminants.
3. Keep Your Home Pest-FreeRecent studies show a causal relationship between exposure to mice and cockroaches and asthma episodes in children. Yet, inappropriate treatment for pest infestations can exacerbate health problems since pesticide residues in homes pose risks for neurological damage and cancer.
4. Keep Your Home SafeThe majority of injuries among children occur in the home. Falls are the most frequent cause of residential injuries to children, followed by injuries from objects in the home, burns, and poisonings.
5. Keep Your Home Contaminant-FreeChemical exposures include lead, radon, pesticides, volatile organic compounds, and environmental tobacco smoke. Exposures to asbestos particles, radon gas, carbon monoxide, and second-hand tobacco smoke are far higher indoors than outside.
6. Keep Your Home VentilatedStudies show that increasing the fresh air supply in a home improves respiratory health.
7. Keep Your Home MaintainedPoorly-maintained homes are at risk for moisture and pest problems. Deteriorated lead-based paint in older housing is the primary cause of lead poisoning, which affects some 240,000 U.S. children.
If you have questions or would like more information, call 262-636-9538.
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