National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

1. Get Your Home Tested

You can get your home tested for lead in many ways:

• A lead-based paint inspection tells you if your home has lead-based paint, and where it is located.

• A risk assessment tells you if your home currently has any lead hazards from lead in paint, dust, or soil.

• A combination inspection and risk assessment tells you if your home has any lead-based paint hazards, and where they are located.

2. Get Your Child Tested

Lead gets into the body in many ways:

• Children’s blood lead levels tend to increase rapidly from 6 to 12 months of age, and tend to peak at 18 to 24 months of age.

• A simple blood test can detect lead.

• Blood lead tests are usually recommended for children at ages 1 and 2, for children or other family members who have been exposed to high levels of lead, and for children who should be tested under your state or local health screening plan.

• Speak with your doctor to have them explain the test results.

3. Get The Facts

• Many homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint. Lead from paint, paint chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards.

• Adults and children can get lead into their bodies by breathing in lead dust (especially during activities such as renovations, repairs or painting), or by swallowing lead dust that settles on food, food preparations surfaces, and other places, or eating paint chips or soil that contains lead.

• The most common sources of lead in drinking water are lead pipes, faucets, and fixtures.

• Examples of other sources of lead include: lead smelter, toys, furniture, lead-glazed pottery or porcelain.

 

For more information on lead safety in your home visit the National Center for Healthy Housing here.

Date: 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017