The Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA), a recent recipient of a $1.1 million HUD Lead-Based Paint Abatement Grant, is urging residents to get the facts about lead poisoning during the national weeklong observance of Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 22-28, 2017. The weeklong observance is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Although lead in gasoline and paint has been banned in the United States since the 1970’s, lead exposure and poisoning is still a problem, especially for children, notes the CDC. Lead is mostly found in lead-based paint which was used in homes before 1978; however it can also be found in the water that travels through lead pipes or in the soil around the house. Lead poisoning is caused by accidently swallowing or breathing in the lead dust created by old paint that has cracked and chipped. Children are particularly at risk, often becoming lead poisoned by putting their hands or other lead-contaminated objects in their mouths, eating paint chips found in homes from peeling or flaking lead-based paint or playing in lead contaminated soil.
The MRA is urging local residents to get their homes tested, get their child(children) tested and get the facts during this weeklong observance. The MRA has also installed an educational display about the hazards of lead paint in the lobby of the City Hall Building at 110 Pleasant Street.
Income eligible homeowners may qualify for low-cost financing from the MRA to abate lead paint from their properties and to remove and replace lead water lines. Contact the MRA’s Site Office at 781-397-1940 for more information.