Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

Lead-Safe VirginiaChildhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children. Houses or childcare centers built before 1978 may have lead-based paint on walls, doors, windows, and sills. The primary source of exposure to children is through the dust from deteriorating lead-based paint. Use only certified lead workers for any renovation, repairs, or painting!

Lead in drinking water is a potential source of exposure for formula fed infants and fetuses. Have your water tested, use certified lead-free bottled water, or an NSF approved filter. www.nsf.org

Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health. There is no safe blood lead level, and even low levels of lead in blood can potentially affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement. The effects of lead exposure cannot be reversed.

Prevent lead poisoning. Get your home tested. Get your child tested. Get the facts!

The goal is to prevent lead exposure to children before they are harmed. There are many ways parents can reduce a child’s exposure to lead. The most important is stopping children from coming into contact with lead. Lead hazards in a child’s environment must be identified and controlled or removed safely. Please ask your provider to test your child at age one and two years of age.