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Monday, June 12, 2017

Lead Exposure in Children Linked to Behavioral Problems and Academic Struggles

Researchers have found that children with higher exposure to lead tend to struggle more in school and get into more trouble than peers with lower levels of lead in their blood, adding to the growing body of evidence about the harms of lead exposure for children. Children can come into contact with lead from multiple sources, but parents and communities can take proactive steps to limit the harms caused by this toxic metal. People in South Florida locations like West Palm Beach, Miami Beach, Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale can hire top lead abatement south florida businesses to eliminate lead from its various sources.

Children and adults can become exposed to lead, a dangerous and toxic heavy metal, from numerous sources, including lead-based paints, metal pipes and soil, with serious repercussions for high levels of exposure. Lead exposure can cause mental deficiencies, poor concentration, gastrointestinal problems, problems with concentration, fatigue, memory loss, nausea, irritability, learning disabilities, joint pain and many other symptoms.

According to the new paper by researchers at Cornell University and Brown University, children who have higher exposure to lead in their homes and in the environment face more disciplinary problems and under-perform scholastically than their peers. These children tend to get suspended from school more often, and they score worse on tests and earn poorer grades. The researchers published their paper in the National Bureau of Economic Research in May.

To deal with the problem of lead paint and lead in soil, people in places like Miami, Aventura, Hialeah, Doral, Coral Gables, Cutler Bay and North Miami Beach have contracted with licensed lead removal miami firms to test for lead in houses, apartment buildings, schools, parks and other locations. Removing lead from areas where children play, such as parks, ball fields and playgrounds, can greatly reduce their risk for exposure.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Children can Get Exposed to Lead from Outdoor Sources

Children can get exposed to lead from environmental sources like dirt.
For people of any age, exposure to lead poses risks, but the risks are particularly pronounced for children. Lead exposure can come from contaminated soil and contaminated bodies of water, as well as water supplies, peeling lead paint and more. Children who play outdoors could potentially come into contact with lead from various sources. Playing in dirt can inadvertently expose children to hidden lead. Lead exposure can cause developmental damage to children, especially young children. Leading lead abatement companies in South Florida can help parents eliminate sources of lead within their homes, such as lead-based paints. Contact licensed lead abatement south florida businesses to get rid of indoor lead and to test for the presence of lead in yards and parks.

Recent stories from across the country about the prevalence of lead in water supplies and the dangers of lead exposure have made parents, educators and the general public much more aware of the harms associated with lead, and have prompted many people to take action to prevent lead poisoning. Fortunately, the use of lead in gasoline and in paint has all but disappeared, but traces of the past use of lead remain. Buildings last painted before the 1970s could very well have lead paint, and the lead from leaded gasoline could contaminate locations across South Florida, including in Broward County. Armories and shooting ranges in places like Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale may contain dangerous levels of lead dust. Businesses that offer lead removal broward services can help to identify and eliminate lead from indoor spaces and outdoor spaces alike.

Lead from any source can cause serious harm to both adults and children. Children can suffer comas, seizures and even death from lead poisoning. Lead can cause damage to numerous bodily systems in people of all ages, including the nervous system and the digestive system. Damage from lead exposure commonly affects the bones, the brain, the kidneys and the liver, among other organs. Young children exposed to lead may develop learning disabilities and behavioral problems.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Lead Contamination at Armories a Common Problem, According to Report

Dangerous levels of lead dust at armories have become commonplace.
The sites of armories across the country have dangerous levels of lead contamination, according to a news story. Exposure to this harmful, toxic metal can lead to serious medical problems. An investigation by The Oregonian, an Oregon newspaper, found that hundreds of sites across the nation, including armories and National Guard posts, have high levels of lead dust in their shooting ranges and elsewhere. Military officials and administrators in South Florida, which has a number of armories and military bases, can turn to firms that provide lead abatement south florida services to safely remove lead from their premises, as can homeowners, property owners and property managers across the area.

When people in South Florida, or anywhere else for that matter, get exposed to lead in water, in dirt or in the air, they can experience major health problems, including damage to the nervous system, digestive system and other bodily systems. Infants and small children exposed to lead face particularly high health risks. With many gun ranges, military bases, and armories scattered across the area, the potential problem of lead dust looms large. Companies that offer lead removal miami services can help the operators of shooting ranges and military installations minimize the risks posed by lead dust.

Lead exposure can cause damage to various bodily systems, especially if it occurs over a long period of time. Typically, isolated incidents in which a person inhales or ingests lead will not result in lasting damage. However, people who work in environments or settings in which they get exposed to lead dust repeatedly may experience damage to their kidneys among other problems. Common symptoms of exposure to lead include memory loss, constipation, numbness or tingling of the extremities, sleep problems, fatigue, abdominal cramps, irritability and more. Those who experience such symptoms after exposure to lead shouls seek medical attention.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Identifying Sources of Lead in South Florida Homes

Peeling lead paint can cause serious harm to people if ingested.
The health-crisis of lead-tainted water in Flint, Michigan brought much-needed attention to an often-overlooked problem: the effects of lead exposure on people of all ages, but particularly on young children. Across the nation, including here in South Florida, the problem of dangerous levels of lead exposure remains unresolved. When people, especially children, ingest or inhale lead, it can lead to severe health problems, such as developmental problems and ailments that affect the nervous system, the gastrointestinal tract, blood pressure and much more. Companies that provide lead removal broward county services can help customers clear their homes and workplaces of harmful sources of lead in locations like Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, Oakland Park, Dania Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Pompano Beach, Margate, Sunrise, Plantation, Miramar as well as communities in Palm Beach County and Miami-Dade County.

This article will aim to educate readers about the ways in which businesses that perform lead abatement miami work can help make houses, apartment buildings, condos, office buildings and other places safer for all people. Exposure to lead can cause abdominal pain, impaired mental functioning, joint pain, high blood pressure and other symptoms.

The following guide offers some information about sources of lead in homes and other buildings.

Lead Paint: For many years, paint used to add color to the interiors and exteriors of houses and other structures across South Florida contained lead. Although stable lead-painted surfaces do not necessarily pose dangers, when this paint begins to deteriorate, chip and fall away, it becomes very harmful. Young children who ingest chips of lead paint can suffer irreparable brain damage as a result.

Lead Pipes, Water Lines and Plumbing: Lead water lines and plumbing lines can sicken people by contaminating the water people use for bathing, drinking and cooking.

Pottery and Toys: Pottery and toys can also become sources of lead contamination.

Lead-Laced Soil: Environmental sources of lead such as lead found in soil can impact the health of workers on job sites and children who play outside.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Sad Legacy of Lead as an Additive Continues to Haunt

Peeling lead-based paint can cause serious medical problems if ingested.
For decades, industries subjected the American people to dangerously high levels of lead, a toxic metal that can cause severe harm to people’s organs and tissues and disrupt the development of the nervous system in children.

Lead existed in many places, finding its way into people’s lives in gasoline, paint, plumbing and other items and facets of life. Lead remained an additive in paint until the late 1970s and a component of gasoline until the mid-1980s, meaning many of us dealt with this toxic metal. Fortunately, the prevalence of lead has decreased substantially, but its effects may linger for decades as people deal with the consequences of lead exposure down the road. As people in the Palm Beaches and elsewhere have learned about the harmful nature of lead, many have taken steps to reduce the potential for harmful lead exposure. Residents, schools, businesses and others can hire businesses that offer lead abatement west palm beach services to test for the presence of lead in their homes, facilities and places of business; and to eliminate lead when possible.

Lead, like asbestos, became widely used before people recognized its dangers, and its use took a long time to fade away. Asbestos also remains a potential health hazard in homes, schools, workplaces and elsewhere. Some of the same businesses that help minimize the dangers from lead also offer asbestos removal south florida services to detect and eliminate this substance from people’s homes and other places. Asbestos can cause severe damage to people’s lungs and cause the formation of tumors years or even decades after exposure.

Unfortunately, history may not know the true toll of harmful substances like asbestos and lead upon society for years to come, but people can take steps to minimize the health risks for younger generations by hiring licensed and experienced abatement companies that deal with lead, mold, asbestos and other harmful substances.