Watch this video to learn about the areas of concern for dangerous lead dust in homes built before 1978. Window sills and door frames with deteriorating -- chipping, peeling, flaking -- paint can create dangerous lead dust. When those windows and doors are opened and closed, friction surfaces knock old paint loose, dropping dust on horizontal surfaces like the sill, trough, and the floor below.
If you're concerned about lead paint, you should keep these surfaces clean using the practices we've illustrated in this video. DO NOT just use a conventional vacuum cleaner on these areas! A conventional vacuum will stir up dangerous lead dust, and can actually spread it throughout your home. Use a water spray bottle, wet sponge or mop, and a two bucket system, as we show you in the video.
LEAD POISONING IN CHILDREN Major sources of lead exposure among U.S. children are lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust found in deteriorating buildings.
As a Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Accredited Firm, we've been pleased to see the level of lead safety awareness increase in our state, and the number of lead poisoning cases decrease. However, we're still far from achieving the goal of making lead poisoning "a distant memory" like polio and there's still plenty of work to be done.
To increase awareness of childhood lead poisoning prevention, the City of Baltimore Health Department, along with CDC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is participating in National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) October 23--29th.
This year's NLPPW theme, "Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future," underscores the importance of testing your home, testing your child, and learning how to prevent lead poisoning's serious health effects.
In observance of NLPPW, events such as state proclamations, free screenings, lead-awareness community events, and educational campaigns will be conducted nationwide.