Our military, law enforcement, and those who regularly train with their firearms are frequently exposed to lead as well as damaging noise from their firearms. There are a number of concerns regarding lead exposure which can lead to illness and future health problems. The loud noise from a discharged firearm can lead to ear drum damage, and eventually deafness. Shooting ranges with poor designs can expose a person to these damaging elements. This is why it is important to know and recognize early signs of lead exposure. It is also important to wear ear and eye protection to avoid future problems. Shooting Range Industries will share signs and causes of both noise and lead exposure and what to do if you feel these affects in an indoor shooting range.
Lead Poisoning & Exposure when Shooting at Ranges
Small amounts of lead in dust is released each time a round is discharged. Inside a building the lead dust can build up and the lead can easily be inhaled. The emission can also be transferred onto the hands and skin. If the lead on the hands touch the mouth or is ingested from contact with food or drinks, the person will begin to feel ill. Lead poisoning can present many symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, abdominal pain, and loss of appetite. Prolonged lead poisoning can escalate to weight loss, anemia, kidney problems and excessive hyperactivity or lethargy. Lead poison or even exposure to lead can have neurological affects. Studies have suggested those who bring lead dust into the home and expose it to children can result in retardation. If a person feels like they are exposed to lead inside an indoor range, there are steps they can take. First, they can report the range. The range can be tested to see if there is any lead contamination. If so, improvement to the ventilation system can be done to better remove the lead and other emissions within the range. Other steps that many ranges have already taken, especially indoor ranges, is the use of nylon-coated and copper-jacketed bullets and ammunition which can reduce airborne lead dust as much as 94% to 97%. However, to better protect yourself make sure to wear long sleeved shirts and pants when on the range. You can wear gloves as well. Wash hands and clothing shortly after visiting the range and if necessary, wear a respirator.
Hearing Loss from Shooting a Gun?
Another major concern for those who regularly train with their firearm is noise exposure. The loud noise from a discharged round can and does damage the ear drums. For those who do not properly protect their ears can suffer hearing loss, tinnitus or ringing in the ears. Ear damage can also have other affects from stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue and even gastrointestinal problems. Duty men and women who must regularly train with their firearms should wear not one but two layers of ear protection. It is common for those on the range to wear ear plugs and earmuffs to protect their hearing.
Custom Shooting Ranges with Heating, Ventilation & Cooling Systems
There are many aspects in range design to prevent lead exposure and damaging noises. Shooting Range Industries makes sure to cover all aspects of range safety. We use modern ventilation and HVAC systems to protect our service men and women and law enforcement as well as civilians who utilize who purchase our ranges for practice and training. For quality range designs and construction, contact Shooting Range Industries today.