By Yanik Ruiz-Ramon

Did you know that in Boston, almost 90 percent of residential homes were built before 1978? These older houses often contain lead-based paint that is dangerous if it gets into your body. It’s especially dangerous for children.

One of the easiest ways to get lead poisoning is to breathe in lead dust during renovations or repairs to an older house. So that’s where our Lead Poisoning Prevention Program comes in.

We’ve worked together to create a great animated video to educate contractors and homeowners about the EPA’s new lead regulations. This way you can protect yourself and your family while repainting or repairing older buildings.

Check it out and stay safe.

The only way to know for sure if your child has been exposed to lead is to get a blood test. In fact, we recommend all children are screened for lead poisoning until they reach the age of six years old.

Call your primary care provider or contact the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at 617-534-5965 for follow-up screening information.

Yanik Ruiz-Ramón is the multimedia producer for BPHC. Among other things, he shoots and edits video, and tweets about Boston Moves for Health at #BostonMoves.