Research suggests that the primary sources of lead exposure for most children are:
- deteriorating lead-based paint,
- lead contaminated dust, and
- lead contaminated residential soil.
Lead in paint can be danagerous if paint dust, flakes or fumes are swallowed or breathed in. Young children are at risk. They absorb the lead when they touch contaiminated dust or soil and then put their fingers or toys in their mouths. Children are still growing and they can absorb up to half the lead they swallow.
Small amounts of lead can gradually build up in the body to cause health problems if exposure contnues. Exposure to lead can affect the health of children, unborn babies and adults.
If you are considering renovating your home, further steps you can take to identify lead hazards and plan for their management is available on the Environmental Protection Authority’s website.
For further information please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 9748 9999.