Dust or flakes from peeling or chipping lead paint gets into children’s bodies through hand-to-mouth contact.  Lead was banned from use in residential paint in 1978 but any house built before 1978 likely has lead-based paint somewhere in the building.

baby_wbunnybowLead removal is very hazardous and should only be done by a licensed professional.

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Lead can also be found in some cosmetics, food additives, jewelry, pottery, ceremonial powders, and traditional medicines.

Health Effects

Lead is a hazardous contaminant that can cause health problems in children and adults.  During pregnancy, lead can cause preeclampsia (high blood pressure and high protein in the urine) and other problems that impact the fetus. Lead exposure is linked with reduced IQ, learning disabilities, and other health problems.

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Printable Resources

Prevent Childhood Lead Brochure (English)
Lead and Pregnancy Brochure (English)
*NEW* Cleaning Up Lead Dust (English)
*NEW* Keeping Lead at Work (English)
EPA Lead Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right
Prevent Childhood Lead Brochure (Spanish)
Lead and Pregnancy Brochure (Spanish)
*NEW* Cleaning Up Lead Dust (Spanish)
*NEW* Keeping Lead at Work (Spanish)

EPA Lead brochure
EPA Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home
CDC Lead and Pregnancy 2010 Guidelines
CDC 5 Things you can do to lower your child’s lead level