Navigation Links
LeadCheck(R) Reminds Consumers that Bathtubs are Insidious Source for Dangerous Lead
Date:6/16/2008

Despite National Attention to Issue 14 Years Ago, Tubs Remain Significant

Lead Source

NATICK, Mass., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- For years, Joe Rossi, the president of European Coatings Inc. in Holbrook, NY, couldn't figure out why his company sold more products to professional bathtub reglazers in Massachusetts than in any other area of the country.

"It's a nice problem to have," says Rossi. "Massachusetts is our top market for tub reglazing."

Rossi now believes awareness about old tubs that can leech dangerous levels of lead is the reason for the boom in sales to the Bay State.

"Massachusetts has some of the oldest houses in the country and it has the most stringent lead inspection laws," he said. "Reglazing an old tub will reseal the lead and prevent further exposure and it's less expensive than installing a new tub."

While awareness about lead in the home has risen recently due to some highly publicized federal toy recalls, old bathtubs remain a relatively unknown source of the toxic element for many households.

"I would say about 60 to 70 percent of the tubs we see and inspect are leeching lead and the homeowners have no idea," said Rossi.

The issue of lead in bathtubs drew the attention of ABC News more than 14 years ago, when a Good Morning America segment focused on a Massachusetts couple who had exhausted all potential sources of the lead that was turning up in their daughter's bloodstream during routine medical tests. Eventually they tested the home's old bathtub with LeadCheck(R) Swabs and found the tub where they bathed their daughter was leeching lead. It was a finding that surprised even the child's doctors.

"There are many sources of lead in the average household - from toys and ceramics, to jewelry and dinnerware," said Marcia J. Stone, president and CEO of Hybrivet Systems Inc., of Natick, MA, makers of LeadCheck(R) Swabs. "Old tubs are also a typical source but it's one that is still unfortunately overlooked."

Most tub manufacturers stopped using lead in the enamel and glazing years ago but tubs made as recently 15 to 20 years ago typically contain lead that can leech as the glazing wears away. The inexpensive LeadCheck(R) Swabs, sold in most retail home centers, can quickly and accurately determine if your tub is leeching lead.

Repeated lead exposure in children has been linked to learning disabilities, behavioral problems, lowered IQ and even death.
http://www.leadcheck.com


'/>"/>
SOURCE Hybrivet Systems Inc.
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Warmer Weather Reminds Cat Owners to Protect Against Worms
2. PA Secretary of Health Reminds Women to Focus on Their Health During National Womens Health Week
3. Texas Oncology Reminds Women Youre the Best, Get the Tests
4. AUDIO from Medialink and Pfizer: The 20th Annual American Diabetes Alert Day Reminds Us to Learn if We Are at Risk
5. Pa. Department of Public Welfare Reminds New Parents About Safe Haven Law
6. Aetna Reminds Members Affected by California Wildfires Where to Call for Help
7. United Concordia Reminds Parents to Protect Childrens Teeth During Halloween & Year-Round
8. PA Department of Public Welfare Reminds New Parents About Safe Haven Law
9. AARP Reminds All People 50-Plus to Get a Flu Shot This Year
10. Consumers Urged to Avoid Raw Milk and Raw Milk Products
11. Most States Fail to Protect Consumers Against Insurance Company Abuses
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2016)... Aliso Viejo, California (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... for Final Cut Pro X. , "Film editors can give their videos a whole ... artistically," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProSlice Levels ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... ... Kasmer, a legally blind and certified personal trainer is helping to develop a weight loss ... plans to fix the two major problems leading the fitness industry today:, ... , They don’t eliminate all the reasons people quit their exercise program ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... policy issues and applications at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at ... on several important health care topics including advance care planning, healthcare costs and ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible ... often overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human ... but a necessary one in the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... First Choice Emergency Room , the largest network of independent freestanding ... of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We are pleased to announce Dr. ... James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room. , Dr. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016  Collagen Matrix, Inc., ("Collagen Matrix") ... manufacturing of collagen and mineral based medical devices ... Bill Messer has joined the company ... leverage the growing portfolio of oral surgery, neurosurgery, ... Bill joins the Collagen Matrix executive team as ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Research and Markets has ... 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, Forecasts" report to their ... Electronics, Smart Skin, Structural Health Monitoring, Composite Smart ... electronics involves electronic and/or electrical components and circuits ... structures such as vehicle bodies or conformally placed ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... to their offering. ... World Market for Companion Diagnostics covers the world market for ... report includes the following: , World IVD ... (N. America, EU, ROW), 2015-2020 , World IVD Companion ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: