While there have been changes in the rules and regulations for many products today, there is still a risk of lead poisoning. Because it was used in products such as paint and gasoline in years past, it is still around in older homes and structures. Even the soil surrounding the structure could become contaminated from the lead exposure. Unfortunately, this can pose a health risk to any individuals living in the home, and particularly to young children or those who are in poor health to begin with. It is important to understand the health effects that come as a result of lead poisoning so that you will see the urgency of having it abated.
Health effects that come as a result of lead poisoning in children can often be more severe because the children are still developing. Their blood brain barrier is not fully ready to keep harmful chemicals from damaging the brain before age six. Because kids are known for putting things in their mouths, not washing their hands, and playing in the dirt, they are at high risk for poisoning if a home has lead. The following are some of the harmful effects associated with lead poisoning in children:
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Behavioral Issues
- Decreased Bone and Muscle Growth
- Kidney Damage
- Learning Disabilities
- Nervous System Damage
- Speech Impairment
If the level of lead poisoning is particularly high, unconsciousness, seizures, and death could result.
Although they do have the blood brain barrier to block out harmful chemicals, adults can be affected by lead poisoning. The following are a few health effects when adults are exposed to high levels of lead:
- Digestive Issues
- Fertility Problems
- Harm to a Fetus
- High Blood Pressure
- Increased Pregnancy Illnesses
- Memory Problems
- Muscle and Joint Pain
- Nerve Disorders
What Can You Do?
If this is something that concerns you, there are some definite steps that should be taken. First, know what types of products could contain lead. Some include paint, jewelry, contaminated soil, dishware, and older, vinyl mini-blinds.
Next, contact the professionals at AQHI Inc. We have the tools, knowledge, and systems that cause for the most effective lead abatement projects. During these projects, we will put up plastic sheeting to separate the workplace, and put up caution flags to warn others that the area is dangerous. Wearing protective equipment, we will then replace, remove, enclose, or encapsulate the area containing lead.
Don’t risk your health any longer. If you know that you have lead in your home, or even if you simply suspect it, contact AQHI Inc. today at 800-481-8080 and let us help you get back to better health.