Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

October 22 – 28 is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. This year’s theme is “Together, we can prevent lead exposure!”

Get the Facts: Lead exposure is bad for everyone. However, it is especially an issue in children who are more vulnerable. There is no safe blood lead level.

There are several different ways a person can get lead into their body:

  • Breathe in lead dust
  • Swallow lead dust
  • Eating lead-based paint chips or soil that has lead in it
  • Drinking water that contains lead

Did you know, about half of the homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint? It can also be brought into the home on work clothes, shoes, hair, and even pets.

Get Your Child Tested: A child with lead poisoning may not show signs.

However, if action is not taken lead can harm health in ways such as:

  • Damage to brain and nervous system
  • Slowed growth and development
  • Learning and behavior problems
  • Hearing and speech problems

The best way to find out if a child has lead poisoning is to get a simple blood test. See your doctor to talk about this.

Get Your Home Tested: A good way to avoid lead poisoning to get your home tested. This is especially important if you live in a home built before 1978. If you’re considering a renovation project, test before doing anything. The work could disturb the lead paint or dust, harming you and your family.

There are a few different ways to look at your home.

  • Lead Inspection: This tells you if the home has lead and where.
  • Lead Risk Assessment: This tells you if your home has hazards for lead and what to do to address those.
  • Test Your Drinking Water

Do your part! Together, we can prevent lead poisoning!

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