Healthy Homes

Lead poisoning targeted by healthy homes initiative

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 09:52

Counties around the country have begun to invest in initiatives that could help their residents live a healthier life, as healthy homes programs have been seen as a solution to improving the well-being of Americans. 

There is a significant amount of lead that exists in homes, and the programs are designed to inform residents about the dangers of toxins in a residence and the technology and techniques that homeowners can use to remove these harmful particles.

Technology like a radiant heating system, lead-free paint and effective insulation can help residents limit the amount of toxins that are present in the air.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that up to 250,000 children across the country have high levels of lead in their blood. The organization also noted that this is one of the most preventable conditions in the U.S. for young kids.

Toxins that enter the home through a radiator, heating duct or air vent can be eliminated through the use of a radiant heating system, as this technology doesn't require the use of these dirty products.

According to the Erie Times-News, the Erie Redevelopment Authority has been awarded $2.5 million to help control lead levels in homes and to make these environments healthier for families.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes program, is one of 39 that were awarded around the country.

"It shows us two things: One, that we have a problem in Erie with the amount of homes that have lead paint in them," Kim Green, the executive director for the Erie Redevelopment Authority, told the Times-News. "Two, we have a very good track record of managing the lead grant appropriately."