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.

Click here to find certified lead professionals. 

Lead can also be found in some:

  • cosmetics
  • food additives
  • jewelry
  • pottery
  • 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.

Links

Printable Resources

Prevent Childhood Lead Brochure (English)
Lead and Pregnancy Brochure (English)
Lead and Pregnancy Risk Questionnaire (English Updated 10_2015)
NC DHHS Lead and Pregnancy Risk Questionnaire (English, Updated 10/2015)
CDC Lead and Pregnancy 2010 Guidelines
Prevent Childhood Lead Brochure (Spanish)
Lead and Pregnancy Brochure (Spanish)
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NC DHHS Lead and Pregnancy Risk Questionnaire (Spanish, Updated 10/2015)
EPA Lead Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right

EPA Lead brochure
EPA Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home brochure
NC DHHS Lead Risk Assessment Questionnaire
*Updated* Follow-up Chart for Diagnostic & Confirmed BLLs