District of Columbia Lead-Safe and Healthy Homes Hub

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Unsafe construction and remediation Unsafe construction and remediation projects can pose a serious threat to the health of DC residents. If you see unsafe work that is spreading paint chips, debris or large amounts of dust in your neighborhood or in your home, please call 202-535-1934 and file a report.  
The most harmful illnesses Did you know that many of the most harmful illnesses that affect children can be triggered or worsened by the condition of your home? Asthma attacks, lead poisoning, some forms of cancer, and many other conditions can be caused by an unsafe environment. Keeping your family safe means keeping your home healthy!  
Children's Blood Testing The only way to know if your child is being poisoned by lead is to have your health provider conduct a screening. In Washington DC, the law requires that all children must be tested for lead twice – once around the first birthday, and again around 2 years of age.  

Mold and Mildew

Molds in the home produce allergens that cause allergic reactions. These reactions can include sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, itchy eyes, and skin rashes. Mold can also trigger asthma episodes and respiratory problems.

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Lead Poisoning

Lead is a metal found in small amounts in the earth’s crust. Lead has many different uses. It is used in the production of batteries, ammunition, metal products (solder and pipes), and devices to shield X-rays.

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Asthma Triggers

Asthma is a lung disease that causes difficulty in breathing and can sometimes lead to death. In the US, around 20 million people are affected by asthma, many of whom are children. When asthma is under control, the airways are clear and open.

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Radon Gas

Radon is a radioactive gas that causes cancer. It is classified as a Class A Carcinogen. It is odorless and tasteless, and exposure can cause lung cancer and deaths. 

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Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small and wingless insects that feed upon the blood of warm-blooded animals. Hatchling bed bugs are the size of a sesame seed, while adults are around a quarter of an inch long.

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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is also called MCS. MCS is when someone has an unusually severe sensitivity or allergy-like reaction to many different kinds of pollutants.

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