Angie’s List Teams with EPA to Raise Awareness of Lead Paint Danger

INDIANAPOLIS (October 12, 2014) – Angie’s List is marking National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week by joining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Look for the Logo” campaign.

“Awareness is the key to eradicating lead poisoning,” says Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “The more homeowners know, the more likely they are to demand and be willing to pay what it takes to remodel and repair without endangering their children.”

Since 1978, the federal government has banned residential use of lead-based paint, which remains on the walls of about 40 percent of the housing stock in the U.S. Any project that disturbs this old paint - such as prep work for re-painting, remodeling or window installation - can create dust and debris that an infant or child may inhale or ingest. Since 2010, the EPA has required contractors whose work disturbs lead paint be trained and certified in proper safety techniques.

“Of course do-it-yourself projects present the same dangers, so handy homeowners should be following best practices, too,” Hicks said. “This isn’t rocket science. It’s smart, common sense actions that anyone can do – and all of us who deal with older homes should want to do.”

Angie’s List, an e-commerce marketplace and consumer review site, is helping share an EPA-sponsored outreach program to alert homeowners and remind professionals about lead paint. The materials and other outreach materials are available on Angie’s List and the EPA websites. The company will alert members to the initiative this week. Hicks will also discuss lead paint in one of her weekly local television news segments, which air this month.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said that her agency takes its mission to protect human health and the environment seriously and appreciates the opportunity to partner with citizens and corporations.

“We’ve been working to make the country’s air, land and water safe for 45 years, but we can’t do that alone,” McCarthy said. “Angie’s List is setting a great example of leadership and consumer advocacy, and we’re thrilled to expand our lead safety outreach to their members and the companies they review.”

Health experts estimate about 500,000 U.S children ages 1 to 5 have elevated lead levels in their blood. Older homes are considered to be the most hazardous source of lead for U.S. children.

Even low levels of lead in the blood of children can result in behavior and learning problems, lower IQ and hyperactivity, slowed growth, hearing problems, nervous system, kidney, hearing or other damage. Children age six and younger are at special risk because they lack the developed blood-brain barrier that protects older children and adults from more severe effects.

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