Although lead-based paint and dust in older buildings are the most common sources of lead poisoning, drinking water is sometimes a source as well. This is mostly due to old, corroded pipes.
High levels of lead in the bloodstream can cause serious health effects, especially in children under the age of 6. Symptoms of lead poisoning in children include developmental delay, learning difficulties, irritability, weight loss, fatigue, abdominal pain, vomiting, constipation and hearing loss.
Since you can’t see, smell or taste lead in water, the only way to detect it is to have the water tested. If your home is served by public water systems, your local water authority should be able to provide this information. You can also use an at-home lead-testing kit.
If your tap water’s lead levels exceed 15 ppb, you can possibly reduce the threat of lead poisoning by doing the following:
Run cold water for at least a minute before using or drinking it.
Do not use hot tap water for drinking and cooking, since hot water draws lead from the corroded pipes. Instead, use cold tap water and heat it on the stove.
Invest in a home water filtration system that reduces the amount of lead in your water.
Do you know the common symptoms of stroke? Learn what they look and feel like so that you’ll know when to get emergency help.
By Diana Rodriguez | Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH | Source EverydayHealth.com
The window of opportunity to successfully treat a stroke is short — about three hours — which is why every minute counts. Unfortunately, about 70 percent of patients who suffer a minor stroke do not recognize their symptoms — and 30 percent delay seeking medical attention for more than 24 hours, according to a study published in the journal Stroke. Maybe you think you can spot stroke symptoms in someone else, but would you know if a stroke was happening to you?
OhioHealth Corp. was named among the five best-performing large U.S. health systems in the 2013 Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems released Monday.
The eight-hospital Columbus system was selected in the category for those with $1.5 billion or more in operating expenses. Ohio is the only state with three winners overall, with Cincinnati systems TriHealth in the medium category and Mercy Health a top-five small system.
In 1953, our founder started a small plumbing business – William J. Teepe, Inc.
In 60 years, we’ve grown. As we celebrate this milestone anniversary, we plan to take a few moments to remember our history.
Nathan “Denny” Dennison used to help with the books and office work for the company. He still remembers running across the company’s first invoice – for $14.47. In those early days, Bill did most of the work himself, carrying a bucket of tools and taking a lot of work installing water heaters and fixtures ordered through the Sears catalog.
“Then, all of a sudden, we got a couple of bigger jobs and things just took off,” he remembers.
Today, with offices in Cincinnati, Columbus, Lexington and Louisville, this second generation company employs more than 350 people and tackles some of the most complex HVAC/R, plumbing and mechanical projects in the region. Known for its expertise in prefabrication and value engineering, TP Mechanical serves a wide variety of industries – medical, hospitality, education and government.
In each newsletter in this celebration year, we’ll share history and memories from the company. Be sure to check out the next issue to learn how TP Mechanical grew out of its early days into an important business in Greater Cincinnati.