Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children 6 years old and under are most at risk, because their bodies are growing quickly.
Research suggests that the primary sources of lead exposure for most children are:
- deteriorating lead-based paint
- lead contaminated dust
- lead contaminated residential soil
Lead Testing and Inspection
Environmental Health (EH) staff will provide environmental lead assessment, paint sampling, and inspection of homes that have a child with an elevated blood lead level over 10ug/dL. A Public Health Nurse will provide lead poisoning education and case management. In addition, EH staff will provide consultation to residents and business owners to help reduce lead contamination in homes and buildings.