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Lead Poisoning from Paint Still a Kids Safety Issue

Posted Aug 27 2009 12:03am

Painting Kids Walls

Despite US restrictions on lead levels in paint, including a tougher law that debuted this month, lead poisoning due to consumer paint is still an issue. Why? Much of our paint comes from other countries.

A new study from the University of Cincinnati tested consumer paint brands and found that 73 percent of the paints from 12 different countries exceeded the previous US limit of 600 parts per million (ppm). Now the limit is set even lower, at 90 ppm in the US and this is now the lead paint limit for toys, too.

Lead is a serious kids safety issue. The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) states that lead poisoning in kids can cause irreversible brain damage, impair mental function, slow mental and physical development and reduce attention span. For pregnant women, fetal development can be affected as well. Since a global lead ban doesn’t seem to be on the horizon, protect yourself and your family by buying eco-friendly paint or lead-free paint.

Image: Ms. G at flickr under a Creative Commons license

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