Lead Safe Tahoe Wraps-Up
In 2009 the City of South Lake Tahoe was awarded its first lead hazard control grant for $1.5 million dollars that was federally funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Lead Safe Tahoe program was established so that the City could assist members of our community in reducing their exposure to hazards from lead-based paint. In 2011 the City was awarded a second lead hazard control grant in the amount of $2.0 million dollars.
The Lead Safe Tahoe program assisted qualified residents and had 581 homes tested for lead-based paint hazards and provided control work for 214 of these homes that tested positive for high levels of lead. This control work included stabilizing and repainting exterior and interior surfaces of these properties and replacement of trim, baseboard, doors and windows. The City also provided educational information to the residents and offered free testing of the children to check for elevated lead levels in their blood.
At the time that grant was started the community did not have any contractors or workers that were trained and certified to the standards required by HUD in order to perform the lead mitigation work. Through these grants, 244 members of our community were trained and certified for lead safe work practices including Supervisor Training, RRP (Renovation, Repair and Painting) and Abatement.
Although these lead hazard control grants have had a huge impact on the safety of our community members, lead hazards still exist in many of the buildings and homes. If your home or other residential property were built before 1978, there is a chance that may contain lead based paint hazards. With the final grant closing the City wanted to do something to continue to positively impact our community and has produced a 10 minute lead safe work practices video that will be available in English and Spanish on the City website. This video provides some basic information about lead based paint hazards and some instructional information for property owners on lead safe work practices. If you are a home owner doing small repairs or renovations around your home this video could be beneficial for you to view.
The Lead Safe Tahoe program has also put together bags with some materials to assist you if you are doing small repairs. The Lead Safe Bags contain a copy of the lead safe work practices video on DVD, googles, HEPA-masks, disposable suit, shoe covers, disposable gloves, cleaning wipes, duct tape, a spray bottle, and lead based paint informational pamphlets. These bags are available for free starting January 12th, while supplies last, at the Development Services Building permit counter located at 1052 Tata Lane.
Finally we would like to remind you that lead paint exposure can occur during any home renovations. We have provided you with some basic guidance and tools, in order to prevent exposing yourself or your family to these lead hazards. We recommend before starting any work, you have your home assessed by a professional Lead Inspector and Risk Assessor. If lead based paint hazards are identified use lead safe work practices or hire a licensed lead-certified contractor to do the work for you.
Facts About Lead
Lead is highly toxic! Exposure to it can be dangerous, especially for children under the age of six (6). It is important that every parent know about where lead can be found, and how to protect your children from exposure to lead. It is also important to know what to do if you or a member of your family is exposed to lead. The City's program and information on this page is here to help.
Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home
Consider These Facts
Tips on How to Prevent Lead Poisoning
- Over 1 million young children have lead poisoning.
- Lead can affect children's brains and developing nervous systems, causing learning disabilities and behavioral problems.
- Lead in dust is the most common way people are exposed to lead and lead dust is often invisible.
- Lead is also harmful to adults. Even low levels of lead exposure can pose many dangers, including: high blood pressure and hypertension.
- People may also breathe in lead dust or fumes if they disturb lead-based paint when they sand, scrape, replace windows or otherwise disturb lead-based paint.
Everything you need to know about lead-based paint poisoning and how to prevent it, is available on http://www.leadfreekids.org/
Links to more information:
EPA & Lead: www.epa.gov/lead/
EPA Publications: www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/leadpdfe.pdf
HUD Healthy Homes: http://www.healthyhomes.hud.gov/
Green and Healthy Homes Initiative: http://www.GreenandHealthyHomes.org