I was totally unaware of lead as a danger to health until I came across Lead Safe America on Facebook. I have learned how to steer clear of the typical exposure culprits and am now able to educate others! Thank you Lead Safe America!
Amazing woman on a mission to uncover neurotoxic poison in everyday items. I am in shock at how widely lead is still used.. Shocked!
An incredible amount of outreach and education is coming from this organization. It is amazing to see how much impact a few dedicated people can have. I have no doubt that much of Lead Safe America's success is the result of the imagination and drive of Tamara Ruben. She is an inspiration.
This is a fantastic organization that serves as a tool to educate and identify the hazards of lead and the exposure to it. Tamara puts her heart and soul into helping to educate the public and reduce exposure. She has helped save many from lead poisoning with the awareness she has brought to the subject. She is a valuable resource who is well respected and admired for what she is doing for our nation.
Thank you for providing information on stainless steel and safety. I appreciate you being able to test household items for lead and help determine what is safest!!!
Lead Safe America has given me countless knowledge about how to keep my family and me safe. They provide information that cannot be found online anywhere else and will do home visits to test my neighbors' household items. Between these things and their documentary, I would be totally in the dark about the dangers of lead. I cannot thank them enough for doing the thankless work they do.
Wonderful outreach work keeping families safe and informed.
Excellent resource for the recent lead crisis in the Portland Public Schools.
It's so refreshing to engage with a nonprofit site wherein the focus is not on content only, but on actionable resources which help users to address the needs which inspired them to visit the site in the first place. Lead Safe America is a perfect example of this. In just a couple of clicks, I was able to identify a local OSHA contact who is able to be a resource to me and my wife regarding an imminent lead exposure event in our neighborhood, resulting from a proposed demolition. I thank Tamara Rubin and her team of concerned citizens for providing a repository for other families who share the same concerns, and for supporting such a site with to-the-point articles and primers on an issue which, sadly, touches all too many of us. Thank you, Lead Safe America.
Tamara is always eager to find solutions and share education! We had our next door neighbor dry sanding lead paint off her home during my entire pregnancy. Tamara helped me know how to be safe, offered my neighbor info and hooked me up with country, city, state and federal agencies. It saved us! After that we had same issue next door to our preschool.
Tamara is a calm, fierce force towards lead safety! We so appreciate her!!
Amazing, evidenced based resource for lead safety and lead poisoning! Too many physicians are simply uninformed and kids are suffering! THERE IS NO SAFE LEVEL OF LEAD IN HUMANS! Thank you Lead Safe America!
Tamara and Lead Safe America have helped our family and many others when exposed to lead. Tamara knows so much about the hundreds of ways people, especially children, can be exposed. She is a tireless advocate and answers questions about toys, food, construction, holiday lights and dozens of other ways we are exposed to neurotoxins. Lead Safe America is stepping in where our government agencies and public institutions have failed us by prioritizing profits and negligence over public health.
I volunteered to become a member of the board after witnessing first hand the incredible work done by the organization. The passion that the group has for protecting children is unparalleled. I have never seen such a hard-working group of people. Support is given *almost* around the clock to families in crisis. There is no other organization in the country that is doing the work that Lead Safe America is doing. They fill a huge gap where other governmental, private & public agencies are falling short in the face of a national lead crisis. They do this all on a well-managed shoe-string budget. It's remarkable, really.
This organization has answered many questions I had after we found out my daughter was lead poisoned. The health department hardly helped and really didn't care. There have been so many times I need encouragment and strength to make hard choices. They encouraged me to keep asking the hard questions. We moved because Lead Safe America relayed to us how dangerous lead really is.
My son tested positive for lead poisoning at his 1 yr screening. Lead Safe America's Foundation, not only guided me through how to apply for testing through my county program. But also sent out 50 Lead Safe Buttons and kits for me to pass out to neighbors and friends in our early 1900s neighborhood suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.
We were able to stop the lead poisoning and slowly working on recovering our baby. And were able to help 10 other families discover lead paint on their porches, windows and trim that prevented other children and families from being poisoned in our neighborhood...
Tamara's website and facebook group have been such an amazing source of information and resources. I've been able to share what we've learned over the past year with hundreds of families on our local parents facebook group, Cleveland Parenting Network, Ohio Crunchy Mamas, reaching over 3,500 families in Cleveland alone.
We recently relocated to Denver, Colorado and along with that I'm continuing my outreach to get more information out for families with small children to be aware of lead dangers and how to deal with them once identified. We've reached out to Hike It Baby Denver with 1200 members, Denver Mamas fbgroup with over 5,000 members.
Tamara Rubins thank you so much for the amazing information, videos, and constant support for families dealing with lead issues. Our son, and so many other's we've been able to reach out to thanks to you!!
We love you guys!!!
Lead Safe America is a true grassroots non profit organization that has empathy for the families it helps having at the heart of it Tamara Rubin. She knows first hand what it is to have a lead poisoned child. From her personal struggles she produced a group of caring and knowledge-based advocates that continue to grow and keep the issue of lead toxicity and family heartache in the forefront of need. Any grant given to LSAF will be funds that are expounded upon 10 fold. Please support LSAF.
We discovered lead paint in our 1953 house when my kids were 1 and 2. We were completely unaware how dangerous lead was, especially to toddlers. Luckily we found Lead Safe America. Tamara was nice enough to have a conversation with me about abatement options and testing my children. She also invited me to join a lead paint parents group and it was extremely helpful to connect with others in the same situation. As we navigated the challenges with lead, I often turned to the resources provided by the Lead Safe Foundation. We just moved back into our house after a several month long abatement project. Because of the knowledge I gained from the foundation and Tamara, my kids have never tested positive for lead. I'm forever grateful. Thanks Tamara and all who work at the foundation!
When my family moved into a 1951 house, we discovered lead paint in the woodwork. With a 1 and 2 year old, we were very concerned with what to do. The Lead Safe America foundation has connected me with many others in my situation and they have provided great guidance as we move forward. Actually, the founder even called me personally to offer support and suggestions. I feel blessed to have such an amazing support system!
The kind folks at Lead Safe America Foundation have helped me remove many antique or vintage lead threats from my home. I have a 2 year old and I am pregnant, and there is no place for lead in our house! I have learned so much from Tamara, and I so appreciate all of her advice and knowledge. Her perseverance has educated our family from lead poisoning.
Lead Safe America has repeatedly given me information and help on how to keep my daughter safe from lead paint and other common items. We literally would not be in a safe home now if it wasn't for the help of LSAF. Wonderful organization!
Lead safe America has taught (and continues to teach) me so much about keeping my lead poisoned kids safe, finding the culprit, and preventing furute poisoning in others. They actively advocate everyday for safety and education.
Lead Safe America Foundation (LSAF) recently received a "Thank You" card that summed it up perfectly. It was from a mom that did not know where to even begin or what questions to ask when she realized her children were exposed to lead. She found us through the internet and even though they're states away from each other, she finally felt like she was being helped. Every day people contact Tamara Rubin, executive director, for help just like this woman. It is unfortunate that lead is still an issue but maybe with LSAF providing unbiased, knowledgeable information learned through first hand experience then the tides for change will start to turn. LSAF offers support for families, free screening tools, educational resources, XRF analysis, and has been working on a documentary film in order to further their reach. This a mostly volunteer run organization, and for six years Tamara has been tireless and relentless in her efforts in making this possible. Go Lead Safe America!
This organization has been invaluable as I've waded through removing lead from my home. My daughter was lead poisoned, and I heard back from Tamara Rubin before I heard back from my pediatrician. She helped me assess my source points, gave advice on removing contamination sources, suggested local organizations and companies that could help, and connected me with a support group of other families experiencing the same issue. She is so passionate about preventing this from happening to more children. It is a silent epidemic, as lead is invisible to the naked eye, and it is hiding in so many places. She has compiled the most thorough research on her website and assists people navigate their local regulations and resources. Her documentary, mislead, is a great educational tool to broaden awareness of this issue. I'm so thankful for Tamara, and the leadsafe america foundation.
Has to be one of the greatest out there. No political influence! LSA is out to help everyone with out any conditions when it comes other lead poisoning, Lead education, & advocacy. I volunteer for them and feel Great doing so. Tamara Rubin is the hardest and most dedicated woman and I respect the work she and Lead Safe America perform.
When my son was diagnosed with lead poisoning I didn't know what to do. Lead safe America foundation helped me find leading hiding in my home and helped me find accurate blood testing for my son and I. Finding out my son had been poisoned was one of the worst days of my life. Lead Safe Foundation helped me breathe again.
Lead Safe America helped give me information regarding what to look out for, safety-wise, in my 100+ year old home. They also helped me find resources locally to do in-depth testing and abatement. They've provided education, resources and support regarding the health implications of lead exposure in my young children.
By following along with the lead testing pictures I've found additional items in our home that were unsafe. I appreciate how eye opening the shares are.
When we learned that we had lead paint in our house, Lead Safe America was the best source of information about steps (big and small) that we could take to protect our baby. Thank you!
This charity is great! They sent me two test kits to test for lead based paint which if I needed it too, would have covered up to 40 test. They help me to recognize lead paint in my house. I have two young children. They were also able to help me with all the rules and regulations about the lead paint and taught me many things that I did not know that I wish I had known sooner. Things that everyone should know. They are really a great organization.
Informative, helpful and responsive!! This organization has the best qualities. Thank you for all of your help Tamara and staff.
Tamara with Lead Safe America has been so generous with her time, information and help to my family who were lead poisoned. She knows a lot in this area. In fact, she has been more helpful than my pediatrician and neurologist on what to do next with my children. Great foundation and very necessary!
Tamara has helped not only me and my family, but many families around me through the donation of lead test kits, awareness and information. This organization is run by people who care very deeply for its cause and for the people impacted by lead and lead poisoning. I would be lost without the information and help that we've been given by Lead Safe America.
This is such a worthy cause, and has opened my eyes to the dangers in our environment and my own home. Tamara regularly posts photos of household items that contain lead on her Facebook page, and it has made me so much more aware of what is in my home, what my children are exposed to, and how to shop for safe items. I wish Tamara success, as she fights for companies to stop poisoning their customers, and for lead removal in our public facilities, especially our schools.
as an Architect, I've been able to connect to many useful resources through Lead Safe America and help many people make smarter housing decisions. Unbelievably useful source of information. I only wish this small foundation had more assistance.
I have known the Rubin family since the days before lead came into their lives, setting them on this unexpected path. Tamara and her team are fully invested in this campaign to educate and help every family they meet as well as to press for larger changes in the world. I continue to be impressed and overwhelmed by her selfless dedication to this cause.
Tamara lives and breathes her work and will go over the top out of the way to help you, talk you through your concerns, and offer real solutions. She is tirelessly accessible, rooted in science, and easy to understand. No concern is too small (a suspect dish?) or too large (renovations on antique homes). Think you know your lead? She will point out potential areas of concern in a home you maybe hadn't thought about, and she'll walk you through a clearance wipe like no other.
When I made minor renovations to a new house I called Tamara in a panic when I realized we were disrupting lead paint. She was so knowledgeable and offered many practical tips and advice. She also immediately shipped me free test kits. I am so grateful for her accessibility and expertise.
Lead Safe America Foundation is a fantastic organization, providing important information to the general public about the health issues associated with lead and what products may contain them. Especially important to parents, who are trying to navigate our complicated world!
I've supported a lot of non-profit organizations over the years. Lead Safe America Foundation ranks right up there with the best of the best. Against all odds, they're raised awareness about a critical environmental, health and public safety issue that was "out of sight, out of mind" for most people. I greatly appreciate their expertise, advocacy, and persistence, and very much look forward to the additional good work they will do in the days, weeks, months and years to come.
LSAF has helped our family emensely, they have also helped me to educate families in my area. My son had a bll of 8 to which the dr said was fine, I later found out its not fine, got checked again and it's a 9, later checked again and it's up to 10. The pediatrician said not to worry, but fortunately I knew better and LSAF helped me to find the root of the problem and has helped along the way to rid our home of this poison. Thank you LSAF for all you do! ♡
I knew very little about lead poisoning and how to keep my family safe before coming across LSAF. I now make many decisions for my family based on the recommendations of this wonderful foundation! Thank you so much for your hard work and all that you do to help educate others and keep us safe.
I wish I had known about this when my Grandson got lead poisoning. It's been about 17 mos now and he lost everything almost the ability to walk. He was at 38. We had NO long term education.no short term. We found somewhere. That upping his calcium, iron, veggies , fruits and lots of exercise would help lower it. Well, we have done these things and every two mos we have had the blood work done. As of 2 weeks ago it was 10! Yay. He's been in school since he turned 3 and he's 3 yrs 7 mos and you would never had known he had/has lead poisoning. We rented the old farm and never thought of it. This is a great foundation. I wish we knew about it durning our darkest times but, I will spread the word to help others! Iwe will become a donators. Thank you for what you do.
I am so incredibly thankful for Lead Safe America. One phone call in December 2014 changed my life. It was on this day that I discovered that my daughter's neurological and physical symptoms were due to lead poisoning. There are no other agencies or organizations (state or private) that are as well prepared to provide immediate support, crisis intervention and assistance. The organization helped to point me in the correct direction in order to find the source of our lead as well as ways to help support my daughter medically and nutritionally to reduce her blood lead level. The level of personal attention, scientifically sound advice and genuine concern is unparalleled. I have referred other parents to Lead Safe America. They truly are helping to save lives. I have become a monthly donor as I believe in the organization and feel strongly that the services that they provide (and upcoming documentary) should be available to all.
I was amazed how helpful Tamara from LSAF was in answering all my questions about lead safety and painting our house. Without her expertise I would never have picked the perfect painting company that really follows the lead safe laws. A lot of painters say the do but sadly do not so you need to be an informed consumer!
Great knowledge, great community building amongst us dealing with the terrible effects of this common and insidious toxin.
Sincerely thankful to the Lead safe America foundation!!! They were my support group when no-one else was really listening. My immediate friends & family were kinda over our whole ordeal however the LSAF has been & is always there for us. I became a monthly donor to give back to them what I can & show my appreciation for them. I also became an advocate for LSAF as preventing this epidemic of childhood lead poisoning is something I feel very strongly about. Lead make parents crazy & we need support that our local county cannot provide for us. Its also extremely benificial to be able to talk to other families across the country to hear their stories, what their doctors are saying and doing & to just simply learn from one another in anyway possible. Thank you LSAF for your commitment to our children. Its amazing to me how humans who do not know one another can be so kind & helpful!!! Please help us to... 'Get the Lead out of our heads and lead there be light for our children.'
LeadSafe had been a great help even here in Toledo Ohio. I can refer parents to connect with others dealing with lead poisoning and daily there is new information, resources so families can be equipped and knowledgeable. Thank you for helping make successful this rare, valuable resources to your community And Mine!
There have been many household items we have binned because of the lead and other very hazardous toxins we were being unknowingly exposed to. I'm very thankful for the work being done here
Lead Safe America truly changed our family's life. We removed many unsafe lead-sources from our home after LSA completed XRF testing for us and they have immeasurably raised our awareness through their educational outreach. I can't say enough wonderful things about this organization and can't thank them enough for all they've done for us and all they continue to do for people all over the world.
So happy to support this organization monthly! They have helped raise awareness for so many of us to avoid the woes their family has experienced!
I met Tamara several years back, as I had lived in a 100-year-old building in NYC which was renovated when I was pregnant. The foundation is amazing - so helpful, so knowledgable, and incredibly motivated to educate the public about this terrible crisis we are living in. And if Tamara and the foundation does not have the answer immediately, they will quickly find someone who does. Just a fantastic organization!!
With the help of Lead Safe America, I was able to increase my education on lead as a toxin in America. I can now recognize lead paint and now know to avoid it (especially with my very small children). I was sent two packages of lead paint test swabs to use with no cost to me.
Thankfully my direct environment contains no lead.
Extremely helpful when my daughter was lead poisoned!
I met Tamara Rubin, the Founder of Lead Safe America at a regional conference on Healthy Homes. Her presentation was so impactful and heartfelt that I began following her crusade right there. When she invited me to join her on a emergency project in New Orleans to help a family with lead poisoned kids, I didn’t hesitate to bring my tools and sleeping bag and fly across the country to work with the other 2 companies she recruited to make the home lead safe.
The story of Lead Safe America Foundation’s growth is like the children’s story of “Stone Soup”; from such a sparsely-funded operation comes professional services spreading from international education to direct support for US families in desperate need. Our company’s commitment to LSAF and lead poisoning prevention now goes beyond our monthly financial pledge. We educate and counsel all our customers about lead safe work practices. I am also a member of the Board of the Lead Safe America Foundation. Join us in support of this non-profit.
When our child was lead poisoned we tried to get as much information as we can, then my wife found private group of this foundation in fb. They helped us alot, very hardworking team and leader. Thanks alot!
I came upon the LSAF long after my son had been lead poisoned, long after we had our home partially rennovated, and long after the state workers had left our lives. I thought we were well-informed! I was so wrong! The LSAF has the most up-to-date information available and Tamara's dedication to the families she serves is to be commended.
The LSAF sent us a few new test kits for places I grew suspicious about and we learned that despite going through the state lead hazard reduction program, we still had significant lead hazards in our home and are learning how to deal with those until we are able to move.
This is an organization bringing much needed awareness to America, that lead poisoning is real, it is on-going, it has profound effects on development even at low levels, it is not just found in low-income families, it is still in our schools and playgrounds and it is effecting the potential of all the future generations of America.
So informative and helpful!! This organization continues to educate the public on a topic that most consider a social problem of the past but is still affecting the health of our children to this day.
My daughter was poisoned at 9 months and I would have been lost if it wasn't for the Lead Safe America Foundation. They were the only people that would help me through the long step by step process of making our home safe. We didn't qualify for the federal grant so the people who normally help in these situations wouldn't help us. Our doctor was at a loss on how to help us and the city refused to do anything more than give us pamphlets on how to make our house safe if we wish to remodel. Our daughter was poisoned by simply opening and closing the windows in our home. We were not renovating. LSAF directed us on how to find qualified contractors and how to go about the remodel that we ended up having to do since her levels only continued to rise in our home.
My daughter had a lead level that was over the level of concern for two and a half to three years of her life due to the lack of information and help we had been getting from our then pediatricians . The continued exposure was of great concern to us, but moving seemed impossible, so we tried to find someone, anyone who could help us get her lead level down and know if moving was really necessary. I was introduced to Tamara and Lead Safe America by a local lead prevention product manufacturer. Lead Safe America turned our lives around, providing the sound opinion that moving to a new house would be best, and Tamara Rubin even came to the new home we rented and tested it from top to tail for us before we moved in, pointing out the hazards and helping us remove anything toxic. This included our bath tub, which is chalking lead and needs to be re-done. We keep our daughter out of there until it will be fixed. Our child no longer has a lead level detectable by a Lead Care test, meaning its below a three at the least now. A blood draw test will be done soon to see where it is now. We owe so much to Lead Safe America and Tamara for the safety of our daughter, and have gotten the education and resources we desperately needed to get her lead level down. I feel that we would not have gotten the help we needed anywhere else, our local agencies were useless when we tried to get help from them. This organization is essential to America, helps hundreds of people like us each year. One day i would like to see it go global.
Leadsafe America is run by top notch experts on the subject of lead poisoning and prevention. They reach out and help many people who would otherwise have nowhere to turn. They provide an invaluable service of educating and helping families of lead poisoned children as well as providing information and advice to help prevent lead poisoning. This is a non-profit worth supporting!
When I was pregnant and slowly realizing my 1906 home had lead paint and what that really meant, I turned to the internet for information. There was shockingly little detail to be found. But I found Lead Safe America and Tamara Rubin, the delightful and fierce powerhouse who is single-handedly helping thousands of families every year with education, resources, testing, support, even fundraising -- to take action when they have learned that their child or their home tested positive for lead. There is so much misinformation out there, and so much downplaying of the problem, especially when it is more convenient and cheaper for contractors to brush off the problem. And the government programs have inadequate funding to be of any real help, much of the time. Tamara somehow manages to be this resource on a shoestring - struggling for funding and putting her own needs aside to help others.
Tamara has done the research, has the network of experts, and is THE definitive resource for reliable information on things like: what blood lead level is really a concern (since different states and different doctors give a variety of answers)? what do lead-safe practices really look like and what should I be insisting upon with my contractor? what is clearance testing and why do it? what interim measures can I take NOW before I can either get my kids out of my lead-positive home, or get the lead abated? what kind of lead hazards should I be aware of for my kids other than the lead paint in my home? how do I use a lead test kit? will water and vinegar work to wash my floors with lead dust? ... and the list goes on!
Thanks to Tamara I have managed to PREVENT lead poisoning in my son, first despite living in a home with lead paint, then despite renovating that home, moving back in after the renovation, and even despite more than one incident with nearby neighbors having their (lead paint) exteriors repainted and creating a lead hazard on my property. I truly believe I would not have known how to keep my son safe if Tamara had not been there to talk me through it (over the phone, text, Facebook messages, etc). The information just is not out there in the detail and clarity she has to offer. Lead Safe America is an absolute gem. Thank you Tamara!
I started teaching young children with special needs in 1977 just before the law banned lead in 1978. I took it for granted since so many of my students in Milwaukee were lead poisoned. Giving out pamphlets wasn't enough and over the years I increased my advocacy against lead but always felt there needs to be more. When I met Tamara Rubin and Lead Safe America a few years ago I was thrilled that there finally was someone who was doing more! Her documentary sums it up so well and her website and organization is an excellent reference when I try to tell others about the dangers of lead. Three years retired I am still a vocal advocate and I am so lucky to have Tamara to go the extra mile with added information! I hope her documentary is finished and released soon for all to see. Her stories and pictures make it so easy to warn others about this danger that needs to end. Knowledge is power. Thank you Tamara for sharing this powerful message!
I got in contact with Tamara and Lead Safe America years ago when I was looking for resources for my lead poisoned son. She helped us from far away, giving us ideas and resources for years as we struggled to manage the lead hazard in our home. Our second child was born and grew to be a toddler as we renovated, applied for grants and were turned down, and tried to create safe zones in our house and remediate lead with our low income and high-stress life. When our third child tested high for lead, I knew we had failed. Every step we had taken just wasn't enough. It was then that Tamara saw my distress and offered to fly out to inspect our home, toys, dishes, and more for lead content, build a plan with us, help us raise funds, and help us on a very practical note. We appealed to friends to cover her costs, and she flew across the country to come give us the best, most practical, most evidenced-based advice in terms of how to proceed. I cannot thank Tamara and LSAF enough for the encouragement over the years, and for the visit during which she gave us specific knowledge and strategies. She is on the front lines, helping people prevent lead poisoning and helping families who have been harmed by lead.
Tamara and the LSAF helped me personally through a situation where I was living in a house that had lead based paint. A botched construction job left me very anxious and unsafe in this house, and Tamara provided me with instructions on how to best handle the dust and my family. I am so thankful for her and for this foundation!