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Inside Healthy Homes - Lead-Based Paint.

Where can I find it?

Most homes built before 1978 have old layers of lead-based paint. It can become a hazard when it peels or is disturbed during renovations and is mixed in with household dust.

Soil around an older home may be contaminated with lead dust from old paint, and soil near streets often has a higher lead content due to the lingering effects of leaded gasoline.

What are the health effects of lead-based paint?

Children with lead poisoning show no obvious signs of illness. However, growing children are most vulnerable to the negative effects of lead. Even limited exposure can interrupt a child's physical and intellectual development.

What you can do...
  • Children should wash their hands often - such as before eating meals or snacks and after playing as they are exposed to poisonous lead hazards through normal hand-to-mouth activities.
  • Inspect your home for lead hazards and correct any problems.
  • Paint in an older home that is chipping, peeling or flaking is of high concern and should be addressed as these conditions can increase the potential for exposure.
  • If you live in an older home, any child under six year of age should be tested by their doctor or clinic by a simple blood lead test.
Need more information?

Contact the Office of Lead Poisoning Prevention.

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Lead is a toxic metal used for many years in products in and around the home.

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Signs and Sources
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Children's Lead
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CDC Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

EPA Lead Awareness Program

EPA Lead in Toy Jewelry

HUD Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control

National Center for Healthy Housing

Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home

Proteja a su Familia del Plomo En su Casa

Protect Your Family From Lead During Renovation, Repair and Painting

Give Your Child the Chance of a Lifetime, Keep Your Child Lead-Safe