PRLog - Oct. 10, 2011 - PEORIA, Ariz. -- Last month, it was reported in an article by the United Press International (UPI), that the New York City Health Department recorded 1,429 lead poisoning cases in 2010 among children 6 years of age and younger. The 2010 figure was only slightly lower than numbers recorded in 2009, but those figures showed a remarkable 47% decrease from 2005.
These promising figures showing a decrease in lead poisoning cases is encouraging news. Traditionally the majority of lead poisoning cases involving children can be linked to old paint in homes that contained lead. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Manufacturers used to put lead pigments in paint because the pigments make the paint last longer and cling to surfaces better. But problems can occur later. Paint that is disturbed or that is breaking down with age can contaminate dust. Lead-based paint is no longer used in homes, on children’s toys, or on household furniture. In 1978, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) banned its sale for use in residences. That same year the CPSC also made it illegal to paint children’s toys and household furniture with lead-based paint.”
An entire industry of lead testing professionals and abatement contractors have been working since the lead ban went into effect to ensure homes, schools and other buildings are safe for both children and adults. “Lead is poisonous to all of us, but especially to young children,” reported Brian Mcfarland, Vice President from Legends Environmental Insurance, a leading provider of professional lead insurance coverage. “When lead exposure occurs it can remain in the blood for weeks before being absorbed by the body’s bones. Lead testing and remediation is critical in older properties with lead-based paints to prevent exposure and illness,” he continued.
Legends has sponsored an educational video about lead risks in the home that can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/
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