If you answered yes, and you have children or grandchildren age 5 or younger who live in your home or visit at least six hours a week, it is important to get your home inspected for hazardous lead.
The City has a LeadSmart program that provides up to $30,000 in free home repair and lead removal for Austin residents.
People can get lead into their bodies by breathing lead dust; touching objects that are contaminated with lead dust then touching their mouths; or swallowing contaminated soil or lead chips. Lead can be found in paint, tile, flooring, walls, mini blinds, yards and window areas.
Did you know Lead is a poison that can cause damage to the brain, and other vital organs like kidneys, nerves and blood?
Lead poisoning can often have no symptoms – even people who appear healthy can have lead poisoning. Lead is especially harmful to the brain and nervous system of young children and babies (even before they are born). The symptoms of lead poisoning are often mistaken for other problems. (Texas Department of State Health Services)
Some symptoms are:
- Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity
- Damage to the brain and nervous system
- Slowed growth
- Reproductive problems
- Tingling Hands and feet
- Hearing problems
- Headaches and memory problems
- High blood pressure
- Weight loss
- In rare cases, extreme lead poisoning can cause seizures, coma and even death.
You can read more in this PDF titled Simple Steps to Protect Your Family from Lead Hazard online at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) website.
Protect your family.
- Call us! The City of Austin will inspect your home for lead for FREE.
- Get your children tested for lead poisoning for FREE.
- The City program will remove any lead hazards from your home for FREE, up to a cost of $30,000.