Lead Levels High in Aging Public Housing and Some Playgrounds

Lead Levels High in Aging Public Housing and Some Playgrounds
Some public housing facilities have tested high for lead.

Researchers have found high levels of lead, a dangerous and toxic metal that can severely damage the nervous systems and other bodily systems of young children exposed to it, in and around public housing facilities in cities such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Lead can hurt the developing brains of toddlers who ingest chips of lead paint or drink lead-tainted water. Businesses that provide lead removal miami services can help people determine if their homes contain lead and recommend measures to eliminate the toxin. Tests have also found traces of lead in soil and on playground equipment at parks and playgrounds where children play.

Exposure to lead can have damaging effects for people of all ages, not just children. Medical professionals and researchers have linked lead exposure to problems with the digestive system, neurological conditions, musculoskeletal system problems and more. Children can suffer brain damage and experience behavioral problems from exposure to lead, particularly high levels of lead. Although experts say that no level of lead exposure is safe, the toxin affects children more dramatically. Lead exposure can result in kidney damage, elevated blood pressure, memory loss, irritability, headaches, tingling in the extremities, nausea, abdominal pain and more.

People in South Florida cities like Hollywood, Boca Raton and Miami Beach who fear that their homes contain lead can hire lead remediation south florida businesses to test for the presence of lead and safely remove the substance from their homes. Lead may exist in plumbing in older homes, as well as in the form of paint. For decades, people painted houses, apartment buildings, condominiums and other structures with lead-based paints. This paint may endanger those who ingest it, such as children who ear paint chips. Hire licensed and insured companies to get rid of lead-based paints in places like Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach County and Miami-Dade County.

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