It never even occurred to me to be concerned about lead paint hazards in schools. Even after my boys were poisoned, I assumed that their school was a “safe haven” away from the historic home that contained lead.
We were monitoring the boys’ levels very closely after we moved to a new construction lead-safe home. It was only when our oldest son’s blood lead level went up 60% in his first two months at school, that we opened our eyes to the possibility of lead hazards in schools.
- Open your eyes. If you see peeling paint in your children’s school or day care – ask if it has been tested.
- If it hasn’t been tested, contact me & I’ll send you a free test kit to do a preliminary test yourself.
- Call your school district – find out what their policies are on lead-safe renovations and “clearance testing.”
- Don’t let your children attend school where renovation work is happening. Renovation dust can be toxic—even in microscopic amounts.
- Find out if your school has tested the water fountains for lead and ask if they keep records of how often the filters are changed. If they can’t answer these questions, send your kids to school with a refillable bottle of filtered water from home.
- Find out if the art teacher / wood shop teacher & science teachers are using lead-safe supplies.
Tamara Rubin has been an advocate for lead poisoning prevention since her children were poisoned by the work of a painting contractor in 2005. Follow her and her documentary, Mislead here.