About Lead

Lead is a poisonous metal that was used in building construction and in the making of household paints prior to 1978. Most homes built before 1950 have lead paint. After 1950, the use of lead in paint declined; but many homes built until 1978 still had some lead paint. Even though its use was banned, lead still remains a hazard in many places. When something with lead in it starts to deteriorate, it becomes dust, which is poisonous if you breathe it or eat it.

Where is lead found?

Lead can be found on painted surfaces inside and outside the home. Lead is usually found on:

  • Window sills
  • Window frames
  • Door Frames
  • Door jambs
  • Railings
  • Steps
  • Soil

Lead Can Also Be Found In:

  • Jewelry
  • Toys
  • Batteries
  • Crystal
  • Ceramics (pottery)
  • Cosmetics

Who is most at risk for lead poisoning?

  • Children (1-6 years of age)
  • Pregnant women
  • Unborn Fetuses

What are Symptoms of Lead Poisoning?

  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite

What Are the Effects of Lead Poisoning?

Lead poisoning can cause:

  • Learning Disabilities
  • Severe Brain Damage
  • Memory Loss
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Stunted Growth
  • Hyperactivity
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney Damage
  • Seizures
  • Coma/Death