Huntington Beach, CA, February 1st, 2021
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 24 million housing units across the U.S. have significant lead-based paint hazards. Of these homes, found in California and every other state, the agency reports that about 4 million have young children living in them.
This is bad news as lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body and is especially true for children. They are particularly vulnerable to lead exposure and the CDC states that no safe blood lead level in children has ever been identified.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that if a home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. The EPA also reports that lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning. Deteriorating lead-based paint is a hazard and needs immediate attention as it can contaminate household dust. Any demolition, remodeling and renovation activities without the proper safety precautions in place can make the situation even worse. Lead dust can also be tracked into a home from soil outside that is contaminated by exterior lead-based paints that have deteriorated over time.
Lead in tap water is yet another concern in some households. The CDC states that lead can be found in some metal water taps, interior water pipes or pipes connecting a house to the main water pipe in the street. Lead found in tap water frequently comes from the corrosion of older fixtures or from the solder that connects pipes.
“The good news is that lead hazards can be identified and properly handled,” said Joseph Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at LA Testing. “LA Testing is proud to provide indoor and outdoor lead testing services for air, soil, water, dust, paint chips and other material or environmental samples. We offer all of the sampling supplies needed and even carry test kits for lead and other common indoor exposure risks.”
LA Testing has also sponsored an educational video about lead in homes that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/bJQR9jNBnp8.
To learn more about lead or other indoor environmental quality (IEQ) testing services, sampling supplies and products, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. For access to IEQ test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
About LA Testing
LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: : AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), CDC ELITE, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Leandro, San Diego and Ontario.