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San Antonio, TX 78205
Why do I want a healthy home?
Scientific evidence links housing conditions to health outcomes. Since people spend more than half a day inside homes, the housing environment greatly influences health and well-being.
What are the health effects that can be linked to housing?
Allergies and asthma, carbon monoxide poisoning, lead poisoning, falls, fires, and injuries.
I live in a newer home. Do I need to be concerned?
Yes, every home may have unrecognized health and safety hazards, not only older homes.
How can I make my home healthy?
Follow the Seven Principles of a Healthy Home.
What is lead poisoning?
Lead is a natural element found in our environment. Unlike other elements such as iron or calcium, exposure to lead can be toxic, causing organ damage or, in high levels, death.
How does lead affect a child?
A young, growing child absorbs lead more easily compared to an adult. Even small amounts of lead can cause permanent damage to any organ or system in the body. Developmental delays, behavior problems, and low IQ scores may result from childhood lead poisoning.
What are the symptoms of lead poisoning?
Children with lead poisoning often do not show any symptoms and a blood lead test is the only way to confirm if a child has lead poisoning. Nevertheless, high blood lead levels can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, constipation, change in appetite, and irritability.
How do children get lead poisoning?
Children are exposed to lead in the environment in three ways:
What are the sources of lead poisoning?
Common sources of childhood lead poisoning include lead-based paint in buildings built before 1978. Eating paint chips, chewing on painted surfaces—such as windowsills—or breathing in lead dust from a lead-based painted home may cause lead poisoning. Children may also be exposed to lead from a number of other sources. Additional items known to contain lead.
How can I protect my child from lead poisoning?
Read these lead poisoning prevention tips.
Should my child be tested for lead poisoning?
YES! Blood lead testing is the only way to determine lead poisoning. If possible, every child should have a blood lead test at 12 and 24 months of age and be screened annually until age six.
Where can I have my child tested for lead poisoning?
Contact your child’s health care provider.
Follow these simple steps to make your home healthier.
Keep It Dry – Moisture in homes can lead to mold and pests, which contribute to asthma, coughing, throat irritation, and nasal stuffiness.
Keep It Clean – Reduces exposure to allergens, lead, pest infestations and pesticides. Use alternative cleaners, without harmful chemicals.
Keep It Pest-Free – Research shows that exposure to pests cause asthma episodes in children. Also, rodents can spread infectious diseases and destroy property. Use integrated pest management techniques to control pests.
Keep It Ventilated –Reduces hazards of moisture, allergens, mold, carbon monoxide, tobacco smoke, and volatile organic compounds (found in cleaning products and air fresheners.)
Keep It Safe – Common injuries in homes are falls, poisoning, burning, chocking and drowning.
Keep It Contaminant-Free –Americans spend the majority of their time indoors, especially in winter. Limit chemicals, like pesticides and volatile organic compounds in the home.
Keep It Maintained – Poor maintenance poses risks for moisture, pests, lead and safety hazards
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