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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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3 Ways to Reduce Lead Risk at Home

October 28, 2015 2:51 am

Did you know that in the U.S., lead poisoning is the number one environmental health threat for children under 6 years of age? Though house plumbing and paints are manufactured with little to no lead today, lead can remain an issue in homes built prior to 1978. Because of this, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strongly recommends prioritizing household protection. Steps you can take include:

- Keeping your home clean. Ordinary dust and dirt may contain lead. Children can swallow lead or breathe in lead-contaminated dust if they play in the dust or dirt and then put their fingers or toys in their mouths, or if they eat without washing their hands first. Keep the areas where your children play as dust-free and clean as possible.

In addition, wash pacifiers and bottles after they fall on the floor, and wash toys and stuffed animals regularly. Clean floors, window frames, window sills and other surfaces weekly. Use a mop, sponge or paper towel with warm water and a general all-purpose cleaner or a cleaner made specifically for lead. Thoroughly rinse sponges and mop heads after cleaning dirty and dusty areas.

- Reducing risk in your home. If your home was built before 1978, paint containing lead could be on window frames, walls, the outside of your home or other surfaces. Tiny pieces of peeling or chipping paint are dangerous if eaten - but lead paint in good condition is not usually a problem, except in places where painted surfaces rub against each other and create dust (e.g., when you open a window, the painted surfaces rub together).

Make sure your child does not chew on anything covered with lead paint, such as painted window sills, cribs or playpens. Do not burn painted wood - it may contain lead.

- Hiring a lead removal specialist. Lead dust from repairs or renovations of older homes can remain long after the work is completed. Hire a person with special training for correcting lead paint problems in your home - someone who knows how to do the work safely and has the proper equipment to clean up thoroughly.

Source: EPA

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Freddie Mac: More Housing Markets Stabilize

October 28, 2015 2:51 am

In more positive news on the recovery front, two metro areas have been added to the outer "stable" range of Freddie Mac's Multi-Indicator Market Index(R) (MiMi(R)), on par with the national market overall. Twenty-nine of the 50 states and the District of Columbia are in stable range, and 48 show steady improvement, according to the MiMi.

"The nation's housing market continues to improve riding the wave of the best year in home sales since 2007," says Freddie Mac Deputy Chief Economist Len Kiefer. "With the MiMi purchase applications indicator at its highest level in more than seven years, we expect home sales to remain strong. 

"Low mortgage rates are fueling the recovery across the country," Kiefer adds. "Places like Denver, Austin and Salt Lake City, and most markets in California, are seeing robust home purchase demand and in many cases double-digit growth over last year."

Source: Freddie Mac

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