The MLP Monologue: October 2019
Lead Paint by Managing Attorney Molly I. Sanders
Lead poisoning causes long term health problems and can be especially harmful to children.
“Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body, often over months or years. Even small amounts of lead can cause serious health problems. Children younger than 6 years are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely affect mental and physical development. At very high levels, lead poisoning can be fatal. Lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in older buildings are the most common sources of lead poisoning in children. Other sources include contaminated air, water and soil.”
Due to the continuing nationwide issue of rising blood lead levels, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created a pamphlet entitled “Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home.” This document is required to be provided to prospective buyers and renters of pre-1978 homes and apartments. That pamphlet and other information on lead safety can also be accessed at the EPA’s website. When renting or purchasing a pre-1978 home or apartment make sure that you are provided with the pamphlet and any other lead disclosures. Pennsylvania also provides a Lead Information Line: 1-800-440-LEAD and more resources can be located on the PA Department of Health’s website.
A 2017 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report on blood lead levels of children in Berks County found that only 3,864 out of 29,356 total children under the age of six were tested for high lead levels. Out of those tested, 271 had high and 90 had very high levels of lead in their blood.