Updated Rules Governing Lead in Drinking Water


Since 1991, the Environmental Protection Agency’s lead and copper rule has governed our nation’s efforts to reduce lead in drinking water. This rule has often been criticized as overly complicated, under-enforced, and insufficiently strong to protect Americans’ health. However, as of just recently, the federal government provided a revised 409-page version of the lead and copper rule that provides new protections and closes previously available loopholes. The Good Under the new revisions, water utilities are required to test for lead at schools and child-care facilities every five years, and must do the same at secondary schools upon request. In addition,…

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Preventing Halloween Costume-Related Injuries


When you picture top Halloween safety issues, you probably imagine drunk drivers or laced candy. In reality, however, the very costumes your children wear while trick-or-treating may pose the greatest risk of all. The following are among the most dangerous costumes worth avoiding this year: Floor-Length Outfits Costumes that drag behind kids can serve as a major tripping hazard. Yes, it’s annoying to hem up ill-fitting outfits, but it’s far worse to see your children trip and fall. Cosmetic Contact Lenses Older children or teens may beg for cosmetic lenses that turn their eyes spooky colors. Like any contacts, however,…

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Are You Vulnerable to Lead Exposure? What to Know Before Working With Contractors


It is currently common knowledge that lead exposure can cause severe health problems — particularly for young children. But while lead-based paint has long been banned in new construction, it remains a considerable risk in millions of homes built before lead was widely recognized as a threat. In pristine condition, lead-based paint does not necessarily harm homeowners — but that all changes when general contractors enter the picture. Read on to learn how you can protect yourself and your loved ones as you proceed with home renovation projects: Lead-Safe Certification Issued in 2008 and recently reaffirmed, the EPA’s Renovation, Repair…

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FDA WARNING: NZU, A MORNING SICKENESS “REMEDY” MAY CONTAIN HIGH LEVELS OF LEAD/ARSENIC | DC Metro Area Medical Malprac


On December 31, 2009, the FDA issued a warning to consumers and medical professionals,to avoid consuming “Nzu”, a product taken as a traditional remedy for morning sickness due to high levels of lead and arsenic. Pregnant or breastfeeding women are especially at risk since they are the target demographic for the product and pass on the risks to their developing children. Lead exposure creates harmful effects, and permanently adversely affects the brain and nervous system in developing children. Arsenic is a known human carcinogen linked to lung, skin, bladder, kidney, and liver cancer and it is also loosely associated with…

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Lead Poisoning In Children: A Few Facts | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog


As the holidays draw closer, there are news stories and articles about unsafe toys which raise potential risks for lead poisoning for our community’s children. Of all the safety hazards for young children, this is one of the most preventable kinds. Tragically, almost 1 million children in the United States have elevated levels of lead in their blood. Below, I have summarized points from the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding lead screening for children.  Click here for the entire fact sheet. How can children be exposed to too much lead? Children less than 6, can be exposed if they get…

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