Lead Based Paint Poisoning Notice
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Vision Realty in the Mena Arkansas Trade Area


The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
NOTICE TO PERSONS LEASING HOUSING CONSTRUCTED BEFORE 1978
 "Watch Out for Lead-Based Paint Poisoning!"

If the home, condominium or apartment you intend to lease was built before 1978, it may contain lead-based paint. 
About three out of every four pre-1978 buildings have lead based paint.

Lead poisoning means having high concentrations of lead in the body.
 

LEAD CAN:

  • Cause major health problems, especially in children under 7 years old
  • Damage a child's brain, nervous system, kidneys, hearing or coordination
  • Affect learning
  • Cause behavior problems, blindness and even death
  • Cause problems in pregnancy and affect a baby's normal development.

WHO GETS LEAD POISONING?

Anyone can get it, but children under 7 are the greatest risk, because their bodies are not fully grown and are easily damaged.  The risk is worse if the child:
  1. Lives in an older home (built/constructed before 1978, and even more so before 1960).
  2. Does not eat regular meals (an empty stomach accepts lead more easily.
  3. Does not eat enough foods with iron or calcium.
  4. Has parents who work in lead-related jobs.
  5. Has played in the same places as brothers, sisters, and friends who have been lead poisoned. (Lead poison cannot be spread from person to person.  It comes from contact with the lead.).

Women of child bearing age are also at risk, because lead poisoning can cause miscarriages, premature births, and the poison can be passed onto their unborn babies.
 

WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?

The lead hazards that children most often touch are lead dust, leaded soil, loose chips and chewable surfaces painted with lead-based paint.  A child may be harmed when it puts into its mouth toys, pacifiers, or hands that have leaded soil or lead dust on them.  Lead also comes form:
  • Moving parts of windows and doors, that can make
  • Lead-based paint on windows, doors, wood trim, walls and cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms, on porches, stair railings, fire escapes and lamp posts.
  • Soil next to exterior of buildings that have been painted with lead-based paint and leaded gasoline dust in soil near busy streets.
  • Drinking water (pipes and solder)
  • Parents who may bring lead dust home from work on skin, clothes and hair.
  • Colored newsprint and car batteries.
  • Highly glazed pottery and cookware from other countries.
  • Removing old paint when refinishing furniture.

In recent years some users of lead in products that could cause lead poisoning have been reduced or banned.  This is true for lead in gasoline, lead in solder, used in water pipes, and lead in paint.  Still, a great deal of lead remains in and around older homes, and lead-based paint and accompanying lead dust are seen as the major sources.
 

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD IS AFFECTED?

Is your child:
  • cranky?
  • unable to concentrate?
  • vomiting?
  • hyperactive?
  • tired?
  • playing with children who are unwilling to eat or play?
  • playing with children who have these symptoms?
  • complaining of stomach aches or headaches?

These can be signs of lead poisoning.  However, your children might not show these signs and yet be poisoned: only your clinic or Doctor can test for sure.
 

WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?

Your child should first be tested for lead in blood between six months and one year old.  Ask the clinic or your doctor to do it during a regular check-up.  Your doctor will tell you how often you should have your child tested after that.  A small amount of lead in the blood may not make your child seem very sick, but it can affect how well he or she can learn.  If your child does have high amounts of lead in the blood, you should seek treatment and have your home tested for lead-based paint and lead dust.
 

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY HOME HAS LEAD-BASED PAINT?

The HUD inspection does not determine whether a property actually has lead-based paint.  It only identifies whether there is defective paint in a property that might have lead-based paint.  Therefore, the only way you know for sure is to have the property tested by a qualified firm or laboratory.  Both the interior and exterior should be tested.  You should contact your local health or environmental office for help.
 

WHAT DO I DO IF MY HOMES DOES HAVE LEAD?

Do not try to get rid of lead-based paint yourself, you could make things worse for you and your family.  If your home contains lead-based paint, contact a company that specializes in lead-based paint abatement.  Have professionals do the job correctly and safely. This may cost thousands of dollars, depending on the amount of lead-based paint and lead dust found in your home, but it will also protect you and your children from the effects of lead poisoning.  In the meantime, there are things that you can do immediately to protect your child.
  • Keep your child away from paint chips and dust.
  • Wet-mop floors and wipe down surfaces often, especially where the floors and walls meet.  Be sure to clean the space where the window sash rests on the sill.
  • Keeping the floor clear of paint chips, dust and dirt is easy and very important.
  • Do not sweep or vacuum lead-based paint chips or lead dust with an ordinary vacuum cleaner.  Lead dust is so fine it will pass through a vacuum cleaner bag and spread into the air you breathe.
  • Make sure your children wash their hands frequently.
  • Wash toys, teething rings, and pacifiers frequently.
Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home - Booklet
Lead Based Paint Disclosure Form
Lead-based paint notices and this information are available in PDF format.  If you do not have Acrobat Reader installed on your computer, click here to download this free software from Adobe.

Please mail or bring your completed Lead Based Paint Notice to Vision Realty, 500 Mena Street, Mena, AR 71953.

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