Several news articles have revealed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decided to recently drop the permitted limit for child lead poisoning in the country.
According to the official report previously released by the Consumer Reports, about 230,000 children in the nation are known to have a blood lead level that is greaten that 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. Currently, the CDC recommends that public action should be initiated when the blood lead level hits this stage. By changing the allowed level, over 450,000 children are placed in a risk zone, according to the federal agency.
Although the presence of lead in children’s blood is not safe or wanted in any level, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health has stated that the agency along other enforcement groups are trying to remove any traces of lead present in children’s environment.
To ensure your child is safe, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along the Consumer Reports have listed a number of steps that could help you to rid any presence of lead from your child’s environment.
According to this official list of steps, paint and dust from homes built prior to 1978 have traces of lead in them. Lead plumbing can also pose a hazard to you and your loved ones. Professionals should check your house for lead so the risk of poisoning can be lowered. According to the federal agency, wiping your feet before walking inside of your home can also prevent lead samples from the street to make their way into your living space. Keeping any recalled toy away from your child could also help to prevent lead poisoning illnesses as well as removing recalled jewelry that could also pose a risk of contamination.
On top of all these tips, the federal agency also urges consumers to stay on top of all recall news so you’re always aware of the dangers certain products could pose to you and your loved ones.