Lead dust stirred up by remodeling can put children at risk

Lead dust stirred up by remodeling can put children at risk

Planning a home remodel? Take note: An estimated 535,000 (2.6 percent) of U. S. children ages 1 to 5 years have blood lead levels greater than or equal to the reference value of 5 micrograms per deciliter, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lead-laced paint chips and dust kicked up during renovation projects is a common source of contamination.

If your home was built before 1978, lead is likely present. … (read more)

Single-dose detergents a poisoning hazard for young children

Single-dose detergents a poisoning hazard for young children

In the wake of five incidents in which children were seriously injured after swallowing detergent pods, a group of doctors is calling for improved safety warnings and childproof packaging for single-dose laundry and dishwasher detergents. “This is a significant public health issue,” which requires a rethink, the doctors wrote in a pediatric journal.

“Dishwasher and washing machine liquitabs are now a common finding in most homes, but unfortunately, seem very attractive to young children due to their bright colouring and soft … (read more)