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
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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
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
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