Lead Hazard Found at Brilliant Minds Academy Preschool
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 27, 2018
Bakersfield, CA – The Kern County Public Health Services Environmental Health Division conducted a lead hazard evaluation at a local preschool, the Brilliant Minds Academy, located at 4620 Taft Hwy in Bakersfield on April 25, 2018. The evaluation included testing for lead in paint, dust, exposed soil and water. The preliminary results of this evaluation found lead levels above regulatory standards in the paint and the soil in some limited areas within the preschool.
There are many sources of lead in the environment. The most common sources of lead exposure for California children are lead-contaminated paint (in pre-1978 homes and other buildings), lead-contaminated soil, and lead-contaminated dust. Individuals with lead in their bodies may not have obvious symptoms.
The preschool is located in a building that was built prior to 1978, and buildings built before 1978 may contain lead based paint. Exposure to lead can have harmful effects on the brain, nerves, red blood cells, kidneys, and reproductive systems of both children and adults. Lead exposure is especially dangerous to young children and pregnant women. It can make it difficult for a child to learn, pay attention, and perform well in school. Increased lead levels have been associated with behavioral problems.
Based on the preliminary findings from the lead hazard evaluation at the preschool, children attending Brilliant Minds Academy may have been exposed to lead. The only way to tell if a child has been exposed to lead is to have a blood lead test. If your child attends or has previously attended Brilliant Minds Academy, it is strongly recommended that the child get a venous blood lead test.
A parent meeting with Kern County Public Health Services Department to discuss the potential lead exposures at Brilliant Minds Academy is scheduled for Monday, April 30, 2018 6:00 PM at the Kern County Public Health Services Department located at 1800 Mount Vernon Avenue in Bakersfield.
Additional information about lead can be found on the California Department of Public Health, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch website at the following link: www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/clppb.
If parents have questions about lead exposure at this facility, please contact us at (661) 321-3000.