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Does any government agency in Georgia regulate lead in rental housing? Yes. Children under the age of six are p ticularly vulnerable to lead poisoning because

they are more likely to ingest lead in housing stuations and because ingested lead can adversely

affect the development of children's brains, cenal nervous systems, and other organ systems.

Georgia law (O.C.G.A. §31-41-14)requires that when a child under the age of six is found to

have lead poisoning and resides in a dwelling containing lead pois ngi hazards, the Georgia

Division of Public Health has the authority to require that the owner take steps to reduce the lead

poisoning hazards in the home.

Should I be worried about mold in my apartment? Mold is found everywhere in our environment, both indoors and outdoors and in both

new and old structures. In general, most type of mold are harmless. Some types of mold may

cause

health-related

problems

for

some

p .e o p l e M o l d

tends

to

grow

in

warm,

moist

environments. The Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) states that moisture control is the

key to mold control. Keeping your dwelling clean and promptly reporting any water leaks or

other water-related problems to the property owner or managem nt are two important steps you

can

take

to

fight

mold.

More

informatiobout

mold

is

available

from

the

Environmental

Protection Agency at their website found at www.epa.gov/mold.

I was told that mold can make me very ill? For the average healthy individual, limited tural exposure to mold spores is a part of

everyday

life

and

is

typically

noa

health

threat.

Howeve prolonged

exposure

to

elevated

levels of mold spores can cause a reaction iotherwise healthy individuals. Likewise, certain

individuals have hypersensitivity to mold spores and can experience serious health reactions with

only minor exposure to mold. If you are expriencing health problems, which you think maybe

caused by mold, you should contact a health prossional such as your doctor. The Center for

Disease Control says that molds can trigger asthma episodes in sensitive individuals with asthma.

Additionally, some persons are particularly sensitive to mold and they may have allergic

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