LEAD SAFE COLUMBUS TO CONDUCT LEAD SCREENINGS IN A COLUMBUS NEIGHBORHOOD
November 15, 2011
On November 17, 2011, to heighten community awareness and promote lead safety and prevention, Lead Safe Columbus will be conducting door to door home lead screenings in a Columbus neighborhood.
The area to be screened is on 2nd Avenue, between 4th Street through 9th Street from 4 – 6 pm.
Lead Safe Columbus and Eta Sigma Gamma volunteers from Columbus State University will be helping families take the first step towards protecting their families and children from lead poisoning. Volunteers will be wearing shirts labeled with the Lead Safe Columbus logo.
Homes that will be considered for testing will primarily be those built before the year 1978. Door hangers will be placed throughout the identified screening area two days before the test kit distribution to give residents a chance to be prepared for our arrival. The hanger will include the time of arrival as well as some important facts about lead.
Despite the continued presence of lead in the environment, lead poisoning is entirely preventable. If high blood lead levels are not detected early in children, they can suffer from damage to the brain and nervous system. They can develop behavior and learning problems (such as hyperactivity), slowed growth, hearing problems, and aggressive patterns of behavior.
“Generally people do not realize how much of an impact lead poisoning has on their child’s life. It can be very devastating to find out that your child is ill due to something that could have been easily prevented. Even low levels of exposure to lead can cause some problems. If parents would only realize that lead safety and prevention is so simple, especially when it involves the health of your children” states Christy Kuriatynk, Environmental Health County Manager.
Here are some simple things you can do to help protect your child in all the places where they live, learn, and play:
· Get your home tested. Have your home inspected if you live in a home built before 1978.
· Get your child tested. Even if your young children seem healthy, ask your doctor to test them for lead.
Studies indicate that children poisoned by lead have lower IQs, greater incidence of learning disabilities, higher likelihood of involvement with the criminal justice system, and are seven times more likely to drop out of school. All of these factors place a burden on families, communities and society as a whole. Nearly a quarter of a million children living in the United States have blood lead levels high enough to cause significant damage to their health, estimates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), based on data from a national survey.