WHY SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT LEAD EXPOSURE?

Why should I be concerned about lead exposure?

When lead is swallowed, it can cause health problems. Swallowing lead can be a serious issue for children because their bodies and nervous systems are still developing. Too much lead can cause problems with:

  • Learning
  • Behavior
  • Speech
  • Hearing
  • Growth rates
  • Development of the nervous system

How do I know if I am being exposed to lead?

The only way to know if you have a recent or on-going exposure to lead is to get a blood lead test. You can contact your healthcare provider to request a simple blood test to see if you and your loved ones are being exposed.

What educational resources are available?

Know the facts about lead Well fed means less lead  
Know the facts about lead Well fed means less lead (brochure)

 

Adult exposure to lead Older adults exposure to lead  
Adult exposure to lead Older adults exposure to lead  

Who is at risk for lead exposure?

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What are the health effects?

  • What are the health effects?

    Most people who have lead in their blood do not look or act sick. However, there is no safe level of lead in the blood. 

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How can I protect myself from lead?

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