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|Lead Poisoning is a danger for every baby and child. If you are pregnant, protect yourself and your baby from lead poisoning.|
Prevent Lead Poisoning
Lead Poisoning is a danger for every baby and child.
If you are pregnant, protect yourself and your baby from lead poisoning.
Lead is a heavy metal. It was used in many materials and products before the risk to young children was known. Certain products such as paints used in older houses before 1978, lead solder used in plumbing, and leaded gasoline were used before their harmful health effects were recognized. Although laws now prevent lead from being used in many products, there can still be lead hazards in and around many homes.
Children 6 years old and under are most at risk because their bodies are still developing. Lead can also harm babies before they are born. A young child's exposure to lead can cause learning and behavioral problems and possibly damage their brains, kidneys, and other organs.
The main way most young children are exposed to harmful levels of lead is through contact with lead contaminated paint and dust in older homes.
Other sources of lead are:
Be aware of ways you can be exposed to lead and prevent exposure.
If you live in a home built before 1978:
EPA Certified Renovation Repair and Painting Contractors.
EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule [PDF*]
The Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right [PDF*]
For more information, contact the Albany County Department of Health at (518) 447-4615 or visit the NYS Department of Health lead information web page.
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