What can you do to protect your siblings? Or pass the word to protect children from lead poisoning?
- Get the kids, from ages 1-6, tested for lead. Early detection means early intervention.
- Kids often play around recklessly without concern of coming contact with dirty toys and washing themselves. Thus, we must wash the kids' hands often to reduce the risk of lead dust entering their mouths. Clean and wash the kids' toys too, particularly those previously in contact with the floor and on the ground.
- In any case if you are worried that the kids will still be under the threat of getting lead poisoning, ensure that the kids are eating healthily. Feed them with foods high in Iron, Calcium and Vitamin C to reduce the effects of lead.
- Similarly, the Government can initiate lead screening and remediation programs for children who are at high-risk. At the same time, they can also educate the public about the health hazards that lead poisoning can bring about and how to prevent them.
- If you think that you have asbestos, or lead paint at home or your working environment, leave undamaged areas alone. Call in a professional to clean up and get rid of the pollutants.
- Homeowners and tenants must be responsible for repairing and preventing lead hazards in a home. Enforce stricter housing rental laws and conduct house to house checks to eliminate lead hazards in high risk areas.
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