HHT Presentation: Lead Poisoning Prevention (Machias, Presque Isle)

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Presentation by Eric Frohmberg, Maine Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, on childhood lead poisoning prevention at the Maine Asthma Coalition's Healthy Homes Trainings in Presque Isle and Machias.

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HHT Presentation: Lead Poisoning Prevention (Machias, Presque Isle)

  1. 1. Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Eric FrohmbergHealthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
  2. 2. Significant decrease in lead poisonings overtime.
  3. 3. What does lead poisoning mean?• It’s real – good studies over the last 30 years• Depends on “dose” – no wiggle room with lead• Lead hurts brain development • Harder for kids to learn • Changes how they learn • Changes behavior
  4. 4. How does lead poisoning happen?• Dust from lead paint.• Children’s natural behavior• Greatest exposure is whenchildren are most sensitive
  5. 5. Lead Poisoning in Maine • 40% of our lead poisonings in 5 cities • 80%-90% of poisonings in 5 cities are rentals
  6. 6. Rental v home100.0%90.0%80.0%70.0%60.0% % private50.0% % rental40.0%30.0%20.0%10.0% 0.0% 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
  7. 7. If you are a landlord• A child gets poisoned.Permanent damage• Apartment posted,cannot rent / cannotevict• All apartments in building are inspected• May have to relocate tenants• Abate all units
  8. 8. Outreach• Direct mailing toparents of 1 and 2 yearolds• Test and identify leadsources
  9. 9. HOME LEAD DUST TESTINGResults from Homeowners and Tenants Result Levels As of 8/31 As of 8/31 Medium 7% Tenant High 33% 14% Homeow ner 67% Low 79%
  10. 10. QUESTIONSEric FrohmbergPhone (tollfree in Maine)1-866-292-3474Email: ehu@maine.govwww.maine.gov/healthyhomes

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