The Environmental Protection Agency is hosting two free webinars on Thursday during Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, highlighting the hazards of lead-based paint in houses and commercial buildings built before 1978.
Most of Georgetown's homes were built before 1978 and could still contain lead paint. Lead poisoning is the number one environmental health threat to children in the United States, ages six and younger, according to the EPA. The most common source of lead exposure is through deteriorating lead-based paint in residences and commercial buildings built before 1978.
The long-term effects of lead exposure in children can be severe, including learning disabilities, decreased growth, hyperactivity, impaired hearing and brain damage. If caught early, these effects can be limited by reducing exposure to lead or through medical treatment.
The first webinar from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday is geared toward contactors and anyone paid to work on houses or facilities where children under six years old are regularly present.
The second session from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday is geared toward owners of residential rental properties and the sellers of residential property built before 1978 and focuses on the 1996 Lead-based Paint Disclosure Rule.
To register for either free webinar, go to: www.epa.gov/reg3wcmd/lead.htm#webinars
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