Lead in drinking water has been all over the news in recent months. Should we be concerned about lead poisoning in King County?
In King County, water is not a common source for lead. Lead in drinking water usually comes from pipes or fittings. These are five things to know about lead in drinking water.
Lead from paint is the most common and dangerous source of exposure. Lead was added to house paint before it was banned in residential paint in 1978, so if your home was built before then, you may have paint with lead in it where you live. This is a concern because as old paint cracks and peels, it creates dangerous dust.
Children under six are most at risk for lead poisoning because their bodies are developing. If you are concerned that your child may have been exposed to lead, talk with your health care provider. The only way to know for sure if a person has been exposed to lead is to do a blood test.
How can you keep your family safer and reduce exposure to lead paint?
- Reduce your exposure to possible lead dust in your home by dusting with a damp cloth and using a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
- Keep children away from peeling paint. Lead tastes sweet and children have been known to eat paint flakes.
- If you are remodeling the home you own and live in, and it was built before 1978, follow safe remodeling practices to reduce exposure. If you hire someone, they must be a lead certified contractor.
Another source of lead in our area is contaminated soil. Lead is in soil due to many years of lead in gasoline and years of contamination by regional smelters. Reduce your family’s exposure to lead in soil:
- Remove shoes before going inside
- Cover bare patches in your yard with ground cover
- Keep pets clean.
If you have questions call staff at our Household Hazards Line at 206-296-4692, Monday to Friday, except holidays, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
You can’t watch children all the time. So how can you keep them safer?
If you have unwanted hazardous products you could get them out of your home and away from curious hands.
How can you tell which products under the sink or in the closet are hazardous?
Look on the label. If you see the words DANGER or POISON, that means the product is very harmful.
If you see the words CAUTION or WARNING, that means the products is somewhat harmful.
And if you don’t see CAUTION, WARNING, DANGER OR POISON on the product label, that means the product is safer to use.
So if you want to get rid of hazardous products you don’t want, what do you do?
- You aren’t supposed to throw them in the trash.
- Instead, take them to a disposal site, at no cost.
Getting rid of hazardous products you no longer use can help keep you and your family safer.
Find out how to identify safer chemicals, store art supplies safely and dispose of waste properly at a free
Hidden Hazards in the Arts workshop.
“We are here to help artists take out some of the risks of handling these chemicals, particularly since many of them have home studios. We want to help artists protect their health and their families,” said Donna Galstad, a workshop presenter with the LHWMP Art Hazards project.
“I attended a Hidden Hazards in the Arts workshop, and there was so much information related to my personal art process and the materials I use —crucial new information to avoid exposure to toxins in the studio,” said Mark Calderon, a Seattle sculptor.
More information and register for this free workshop:
- Tuesday, September 16
- 6:30pm- 8:30pm
- Shoreline City Hall – third floor classrooms
- 17544 Midvale Ave N
- Shoreline, WA 98133
Sponsored by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County and the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council.
What is a model for successful multi-agency collaboration? According to the Northwest Center for Public Health Practices it is
• a common mission
• consensus-based decision making
• continuous improvement and
• innovative approaches
The Center features the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County who has used these approaches to successfully collect and dispose more than 1.4 tons of hazardous waste in 2011 alone. Read more at
A heads up to you and any of your artist friends that there will be a free workshop this tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in Fremont ar 3940 Fremont Ave. N, Seattle on chemical hazards in the arts (see the flyer). Artists can easily sign up for it via Brown Paper Tickets www.brownpapertickets.com/event/284528 It would be helpful to have anyone who registers mention the type of art techniques and media they’re working with to customize the presentation to touch on them.
If you miss tonight’s workshop, the Hiawatha Lofts (843 Hiawatha Place S., Seattle) will be hosting the next Hidden Hazards in the Arts Workshop on Monday, November 5th from 7 to 9 pm. Artists can register for this free event by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in hosting a workshop (or know others who may be), please let Dave Waddell, Art Chemical Hazards Project Coordinator know at 206-263-3069, email@example.com. We’re booking our 2013 dates now.
A heads up to you and any of your artist friends that there will be a free workshop this evening from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in Fremont at 3940 Fremont Ave. N, on chemical hazards in the arts (see the flyer). Artists can easily sign up for it via Brown Paper Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/284528 It would be helpful to have anyone who registers mention the type of art techniques and media they’re working with so I can do my best to customize the presentation to touch on them.
If you miss this workshop, the Hiawatha Lofts (843 Hiawatha Place S., Seattle) will be hosting the next Hidden Hazards in the Arts Workshop on Monday, November 5th from 7 to 9 pm. Artists can register for this free event by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in hosting a workshop (or know others who may be), please let Dave know. We’re booking our 2013 dates now. Contact Dave Waddell, Art Chemical Hazards Project Coordinator at 206-263-3069 or email@example.com.
October is Children’s Health Month!
EPA has put together a fabulous organizer’s tool kit for the month including a beautiful logo, tips to promote prenatal health and four fact sheets about the environmental health disparities in Black, African American, Hispanic and Latino American Children. Check out the wonderful information that EPA has put together at their website.
Does your favorite King County nail salon create a safe environment for you and their employees? The Healthy Nail Salons Project is providing a free training on how to create a healthy and safe nail salon on November 4th. Print This Flyer and share it with your salon technicians. The training is free, and it is in both Vietnamese and English.
Johnson & Johnson will phase out chemicals linked to cancer and other health problems from its baby and adult products over the next 3 ½ years. The product brands include Aveeno, Neutrogena, Clean & Clear and Johnson’s Baby Shampoo. Thanks to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics for their persistence in their work to get this agreement from J&J. More here. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/jj-removing-harsh-chemicals-products-2015-17010871
A FREE Workshop for theater artists, scene shop workers, costume artists, maintenance staff and safety managers
Hidden Hazards in the Theater Arts
A workshop on hazardous chemicals and you
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 4 PM to 6 PM
Seattle Children’s Theater
201 Thomas Street, Seattle, WA 98109
Join us for an informative workshop about the chemical products you work with, the hazards they pose to your health and the environment and what you can do about it.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Dave Waddell at 206-263-3069 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the flyer: HiddenHazTheaterFlyer-D1
Brought to you by the King County Art Chemical Hazards Project http://www.hazwastehelp.org/artchemicalhazards