Sunday, June 21, 2015

National Safety Month

I am partnering with the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance for National Safety Month! With a three year old in the house and a baby on the way, their checklist is so important for us. And, since we live in an old farmhouse that was built wayyy before 1980, the lead-based paint warnings caught my eye. I decided to do some more research. I was surprised - and kind of horrified - at what I found. Most of the walls have been re-done in the house but the windows are all original, with layers and layers of paint. This is cause for concern but there are preventative measures you can take to keep you and your family safe. 

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, lead can affect almost every organ and system in your body. Children six years old and younger are most susceptible to the effects of lead. Even low levels of lead in the blood of children can result in:
  • Behavior and learning problems 
  • Lower IQ and Hyperactivity 
  • Slowed growth 
  • Hearing Problems 
  • Anemia
Lead can also cross the placental barrier exposing the fetus the lead. This can result in serious effects to the mother and her developing fetus, including:
  • Reduced growth of the fetus 
  • Premature birth
Many are sadly unaware of the potential environmental toxins/issues in our living spaces. Again, along with lead-based paint, asbestos poses a great danger as it's invisible to the eye and can lead to lung diseases and a rare cancer called mesothelioma which the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance works so hard to share awareness for as avoiding exposure is the only prevention. It's not only still found in many older homes, but still has yet to be banned and actually used to this day in the US.

Simple steps like keeping your home clean and well-maintained will go a long way in preventing lead exposure. You can lower the chances of exposure to lead in your home, both now and in the future, by taking these steps:

Here's a complete summer safety checklist for your home! Be safe, friends.

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