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Thursday, July 15, 2010 I[[)ll nn [ Pag 17 St 1~th St Kimball )LJad~ ~ CR 63 CR 41 Ha~,~i ~ ~mm a~mm ~i~m Because of safety and cost issues, the Kimball Days parade will no longer close down Highway 15 in Kimball on Sunday afternoon during Kimball Days. Instead, the parade will begin in the parking lot of St. Anne's Church and finish in the outlot of Arnold's of Kimball (on the west side of Hwy. 55). No highway closure issues, no $3,000-plus in sign rental and sheriff/police time. At one point, but only briefly, the parade was changed to Saturday morning. The parade has been returned to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15. Also, there will be fireworks Friday night, Aug. 13. .... - Author, speaker, child-safety expert Lead paint danger As a parent you want to create quences of exposure are especially the best ~e~n- ~ta~g ..... ment for one's family- one that is comfortable, and ,above all, safe. Unfortunately, in recent years, a number of concerns regarding the physical and environmental safety of homes have come to light, espe- cially the dangers 0flead paints. Lead gets into the human body in a number of ways, primarily when people touch surfaces that have been painted with lead paint. As the paint ages, it deteriorates into flakes or dust. This dust can infiltrate the air throughout a home causing the intake of lead into the lungs. Other transfer methods include touch- ing surfaces and then putting your fingers in your mouth, or walking through dust and causing transfer- ence. Anyone who comes in contact with the dust runsthe risk of a high coneentrationof lead exposure. What to be aware of: Most homes built before 1978, and almost all built before 1960, will have lead-based paint. How- ever, the presence of lead-based paint alone is not necessarily hazardous. If the paint is intact, meaning it hasn't deteriorated or cracked, then it's likely harm- less. People living in older homes should make it a priority to not allow their paint to deteriorate. Chipped paint ahd any areas, such as windows and doors, where painted surfaces rub together are high-concern areas. In addition to lead found around the home, be watchful of other sources of including: 01d painted toys and furniture, hobby supplies used in stained-glass work and pottery, and drinks or food stored in lead crystal decant- ers or pottery with lead glazes. What are the dangers? The dangers associated with lead-based paints are many. Because lead paint can harm both the brain and the central ner- vous system, the negative conse- Among the consequences for children are: decreased intelligence scores learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder (ADD), hyperac- tivity, problems with memory o impaired hearing decreased growth, poor coor- dination, muscle and joint pain headaches and hearing prob- lems. Among the consequences for adults are; < high blood pressure , reproductive problema memory loss digestive ailments low birth weight, premature births, and even miscarriage in pregnant women Who is most at risk? Children 6 years of age and younger, including unborns, are most at risk to the negative con- sequences of lead paint. A child's brain and nervous system are undergoing more rapid changes than those of an adult, and con- sequently, their systems absorb more lead than an adult's. Addi- tionally, typical child behavior involves playing on the ground or floor or putting things in their mouths making them more likely to inhale or ingest lead dust. How to protect children: First and foremost have chil- dren tes~d. have them tested" befor~: th~ir ~irst' l~irthday and then once more a year later. If you're still concerned, have chil- dren under the age of 6 tested annually. Keep kids out of work areas around the home. Ward off rooms that are under construction, and keep furniture in such rooms cov- ered in plastic to avoid lead dust. Spray all surfaces with water once the room is ready for use again. Hand washing is also an effec- tive way to protect children from exposure. Lead gets into the body through ingestion or respiration, so be sure to wash hands before eating and bedtime. A healthy diet can also protect kids from possible exposure to lead. Children who get sufficient cal- cium, vitamin C and iron in their daily diet will absorb less lead. Don Keenan, the founder of Keen- art's Kids Foundation, is the author of the child safety book 365 Ways to Keep /Cds Sa~, which is available at , and . All proceeds benefit the Keen- an's Kids Foundation, or>. :Realty, JOHN DAMMANN 2371 165th Street, Clearwater MN 55320 cell 320-267-4781 WORMS CASTINGS o. 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