Lead and Healthy Homes
The family home is supposed to be a source of refuge and safety. Unfortunately, many South Jersey families live in houses that present unseen dangers. Hazards can include everything from lead-based paint and mold to pests and cleaning supplies, all of which have the potential to cause serious health problems.
Fortunately, families can take special measures to protect themselves. We help educate South Jersey families about these dangers by teaching them best practices in lead poisoning prevention, green cleaning, and home maintenance.
CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING PREVENTION
High levels of lead in the blood can cause brain damage and permanent developmental problems in children. The most common source of childhood lead poisoning is the dust from lead-based paint. While lead paint was banned in 1978, much of South Jersey's housing stock had already been built. Lead and Healthy Homes helps families mitigate this danger by providing free lead testing kits and resources on lead-safe practices.
Know the Number - A guide to understanding blood lead test results A blood test is the only way to know if a child has lead poisoning. This handy pocket guide explains the Blood Lead Level test results and the appropriate next steps.
Lead and Healthy Homes Lead Testing Kits Lead and Healthy Homes provides free DIY testing kits to identify hazardous levels of lead dust in your home.
Lead and Healthy Homes provides FREE do-it-yourself testing kits to identify hazardous levels of lead dust. If you live in a property built before 1978, it should be tested for lead dust. The Lead and Healthy Homes Lead Testing Kit is free, easy to use and can be completed in 15 minutes or less. The kit includes everything needed to collect samples and submit them to the lab. These instructional videos walk you through the process.
Call 1-888-722-2903 to order a free lead testing kit today.
Lead Poisoning Prevention: What Everyone Should Know This downloadable PowerPoint presentation provides a concise and informative overview of childhood lead poisoning including lead dangers, sources, symptoms and tips to reduce associated risks.
At Home with Maria and Juan This collection of videos illustrates ways to keep your home lead safe. Developed initially as part of a special outreach to South Jersey's Hispanic community, the information is pertinent for the entire region. Each video highlights a lead poisoning risk and provides recommendations to lower that risk. Videos can be viewed in English or Spanish.
IN THE GARDEN
While gardening, Maria explains to Juan why she is covering up exposed soil where their son might play.
IN THE KITCHEN
Juan learns the importance of always using cold water for cooking.
IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM
Juan's mother demonstrates why it’s necessary to separate work clothes from other laundry. She explains to him the serious health problems lead poisoning can cause for his son.
Maria learns that knowing the age of your home can keep your family safe from lead poisoning risks.
SPANISH LANGUAGE VIDEOS
En el Jardin
En la Cocina
En la Lavenderia