Lead is a threat in households from decorative pots to paint

MINEOLA — Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and the Nassau Health Commissioner, Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein highlighted the dangers of childhood lead poisoning on Thursday.

Officials are warning parents about the dangers posed by common household items. Decorative items like pots, frames, and souvenirs all seem harmless but DOH investigators name them as a source of exposure to lead poisoning.

“Results include stunted growth, learning behavioral problems, hearing and speech problems,” says County Executive Curran.

Many people think of lead poisoning as a derivative of paint in homes built prior to 1978. Officials say even if it has been painted over, the lead is still in the walls and can be exposed.

“There may be six clean layers of paint that’s not leaded on top, but when you go to do a renovation, if the dust lays around children play with it,” says Health Commissioner Dr. Eisenstein.

In 2017, the Nassau Department of Health followed 115 children who had levels of lead in their blood. Some cases were from products brought in from overseas, or items like tape from a security system on a window that a child had been chewing on.

The number one way to detect it is to take you child for a blood test, because the effects may not be noticeable for years.