I was on Twitter this morning and came across a new follower – Lead Safe America Foundation. I took a few minutes to watch the video they linked to and thought the topic was well worth your attention. Here is the link to their home page, http://www.leadsafeamerica.org/leadsafeamerica.org/Home.html. I know that many of the homes in Portland are from a different era. Our neighborhoods are filled with beautiful examples of a time gone by. Unfortunately, I suspect that many of those homes and other buildings in the area could have lead paint and other parts of their structures that have an unsafe amount of lead in/on them. It’s not my intent to scare anyone – I am just offering some information so that you will be better educated on the subject and have a better eye for potential problem areas in your house, school, place of business, etc. It’s all about keeping our kids happy, healthy, and safe.
Here are some links I’ve collected if you’d like to research this topic in more depth:
- Reducing Lead Exposure – City of Portland Water Bureau – Call LeadLine (503-988-4000) for information about FREE lead in water testing.
- My Children Have Lead Poisoning
- Lead Poisoning – Mayo Clinic
- Lead Poisoning – Kids Health
- Lead Poisoning Prevention – Multnomah County
- Lead Poisoning and Exposure to Lead – Oregon Health Authority/Public Health
Should you need to hire someone to remove lead paint in your home I strongly suggest that you research anyone you may be considering for hire. Unfortunately I have no first-hand knowledge about any of the Portland area contractors who offer this service. Here’s a link to Angie’s List (a site that contains customer reviews of businesses/services). I do not enforce anyone on this site – only offering it as a point of reference. If anyone has had to have lead removed from their home or place of business and would like to recommend a contractor, please feel free to leave a comment or email LilyToad at .
I hope this information is a helpful resource for you. Knowledge is power – Keep your family safe.
By Gret Boyd