Lead Contamination in Soil can Impact South Florida Communities

Children playing in lead-contaminated soil could face numerous health problems.

Lead-based paints, once commonly used to coat buildings, may cause the contamination of soil in communities across the country. Recent news stories have described lead contamination in Oakland and elsewhere. Lead-based paints, banned in the late 1970s, coated older buildings for years. As the paint on these buildings deteriorates, it can leach lead into surrounding dirt and soil, potentially putting people at risk. Aging buildings across South Florida, including in places like Miami and Broward County cities such as Davie, Hollywood, Plantation, Sunrise and Fort Lauderdale, could contaminate soil and aquifers if they still have lead paint on them. Buildings like condominiums, schools, post offices, houses and apartment complexes that have or had old lead-based paints may have contaminated the grounds around them, which could put people’s health, including that of children, at risk. Companies that offer lead removal broward services can test the grounds of properties and eliminate harmful lead, a toxic heavy metal that can cause severe health problems, especially for young children.

As children play outdoors, they face greater risks of exposure to lead at playgrounds and parks in places such as Miami and West Palm Beach. Old playground equipment and playground sets could have polluted the grounds with lead. Fortunately, businesses that perform lead abatement miami work can treat the dirt and soil at such locations to remove lead and other harmful pollutants.

Exposure to lead, even in small quantities, can have harmful effects, particularly on young people. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that lead exposure affects children more drastically than adults. Symptoms of exposure to lead include nausea, irritability, constipation, loss of appetite, forgetfulness and more. Lead exposure in children can cause neurological impairments, coma, convulsions and even death. Children who consume lead or absorb it through their skin may experience learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and hearing problems, among other issues.


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