Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in paint, plumbing, and other areas of the home. Exposure to lead can damage children’s brains and nervous systems, causing behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures, or death. Children 6 years old and younger are the most at risk.
You can prevent lead poisoning by
- Getting your home tested: Homes built before 1978 are especially dangerous, but can be made safe.
- Getting your child tested: A simple blood test can detect if high levels of lead are present.
- Getting the facts: Visit Lead Free Kids to learn more about testing and other ways to be lead safe.