"Home Lead Sampling Video"
Produced by Sandy Roda, University of Cincinnati Children's Center
File: Flash Video File
This excerpt of a video made for the University of Cincinnati Children 's Center provides important information about how to identify lead hazards in the home and how to take dust samples to send to a laboratory for testing. These are some of the facts included:
Lead is highly hazardous to young children, and has been shown to cause a number of adverse effects, including diminished IQ. Young children commonly get lead poisoning by getting lead-contaminated dust or soil on their hands, toys and food Peeling lead paint can get into a child's mouth or the chips can be crushed into a fine powder when trampled, then breathed in, creating a hazardous condition.
Friction surfaces, such as old double-hung, wooden windows or painted wooden doors, can be sources of lead paint dust which can be breathed by occupants in the home each time the window is raised or lowered or the door is opened and closed. Lead paint dust is also dispersed when a wall containing lead paint is sanded or a home containing lead paint is renovated. Young children spend a lot of time on the floor, so the dust should be sampled to see if it has any lead content.
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