They say “Home is where the heart is”. It’s so important to create and maintain a healthy home for your family. ZeroWater USA partnered with the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) to raise awareness about childhood Lead and PFOS/PFOA exposure, including how children become exposed to these toxicants in their homes and how it affects them.
Children’s Environmental Health Network is a national non-profitable organization and a leading voice for children’s environmental health, offering a perspective that is uniquely rooted in pediatric and environmental health science.
We all want the best for our kids, and providing a healthy home is key to overall good health and sets kids up for success in the short and long term.
Risks and Prevention of Lead Exposure
Lead is a powerful neurotoxic heavy metal that can have devastating lifelong effects on a child, including behavior and learning problems, and lowered IQ. Adult lead exposure can cause reproductive issues, kidney problems, cardiovascular disease, and nerve disorders. While lead is dangerous to both adults and children, the people most at risk are those who are pregnant or breastfeeding and children under the age of six, since they are in a rapid state of development or nurturing a young child who is in a vulnerable state of development.
The CDC says children are most at risk for developing health effects from exposure to lead in their homes. But how does it happen? And what can you do to avoid it?
“There is no identified threshold or safe level of lead in blood.”
– AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS, Policy Statement Council on Environmental Health
How Are Children Exposed to Lead?
- Drinking unfiltered tap water, especially if it comes from a private well or travels through older pipes
- Lead paint (usually found in older housing)
- Lead-glazed pottery or glassware
- Certain consumer goods like cosmetics, toys & jewelry
- Lead can also be found in the dust around the house and on clothing brought into the house from outside environments
How Does Lead Exposure Affect Children?
- Damages to the Central Nervous System (CNS)
- Slowed growth and development
- Learning and behavioral problems
Why is Lead Harmful?
- Lead is a neurotoxicant and can accumulate in the brain, blood and bones
- Lead can enter the CNS of a developing blood-brain barrier and cause irreversible damage
How Do We Prevent Lead Exposure?
- Test your water for lead and use a water filter certified for lead removal. ZeroWater 5-Stage Filters has been third-party tested for lead reduction and particulate reduction (Class I) capabilities against both NSF/ANSI Standards 42 and 53)
- Have your faucet water tested for lead and other contaminants.
- Take your shoes off while indoors to prevent tracking in lead-contaminated soil
- Make sure everyone washes their hands when they enter the home
- Your home is a safe space, so keeping it that way is important. Be sure to take a moment to check for any signs of dangerous lead exposure in your home.
Risks and Prevention of PFOA/PFOS EXPOSURE
PFOS/PFOA are a growing concern, as they have increasingly polluted our environment’s public and private drinking water.
Both PFOS and PFOA are artificial compounds that belong to a group of chemicals called polyfluoroalkyl substances or the
abbreviated name PFAS.
What is the Difference Between PFOS and PFOA?
PFOS is an indestructible compound that repels water, grease, and dirt – often used to coat pans or rain gear. In contrast, PFOA is effective at repelling oil and water. It’s a substance used in Teflon or the non-stick coating of pans, fast-food wrappers, and takeout containers.
Since these chemicals are not biodegradable, they end up in our water supply, and studies have shown that exposure to them can be harmful to humans and animals.
How does exposure to PFOA and PFOS affect health?
According to the CDC, exposure to PFOS/PFOA includes the following health risks:
- Developmental effects on fetuses during pregnancy or on breastfed infants (low birth weight, accelerated puberty, skeletal variations)
- Testicular or kidney cancer
- Liver damage
- Immune effects (antibody production and immunity)
- Thyroid and cholesterol changes
How Do We Prevent Exposure to PFOS/PFOA?
- Careful when using non-stick cookware— (even if it says PFOA-Free)
- Bring your own container for to-go food when you dine out
- Pop your own popcorn since most microwave popcorn bags leach into your savory snack
- Avoid stain-resistant coatings like Scotchguard sprays
- Use a water filter WQA Certified to remove contaminants like PFOS/PFOA
- Support Clean Water Action to expand monitoring of drinking water for PFAS and get legislature on initiatives to reduce the use of PFAS in products and industries. Visit CleanWaterAction.org and download the fact
- ZeroWater Thailand’s Premium 5-Stage Water Filtration System is NSF/ANSI certified to reduce lead, in addition to being WQA certified to reduce PFOS/PFOA. Get peace of mind knowing your family’s water source is taken care of – and tastes the best!
- Learn more about protecting children’s (and adults’) health from environmental hazards in the home.
Overview of Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
Prevention of Childhood Lead Toxicity
Lead-Safe Toolkit for Child Care
Why Do So Many Schools Have Lead in the Drinking Water?
How States Are Handling Lead in School Drinking Water
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