Why is lead dangerous to children and pregnant women?
- Lead is a poison.
- Lead can cause learning disabilities, mental retardation, and other serious health problems.
- There is no safe level of lead. Low levels of lead can harm children.
- Lead is especially dangerous to children under 6, even in utero.
How can children under 6 and pregnant women get tested for lead?
- Call your family doctor, OR
- Call the Lincoln Community Health Center at (919) 956-4000
Where do young children and pregnant women get exposed to lead?
- Lead is common in paint and solder found on pipes in homes built before 1978.
- Dust and chips from paint inside and outside older homes are dangerous to children.
- Sanding, scraping or heating old paint is dangerous to pregnant women.
- Lead may be in imported products, including:
- painted, plastic or metal toys and jewelry, ceramic dishes, and vinyl mini-blinds
- traditional remedies or cosmetics, like Azarcon, Greta, and Kohl
- candies and other “Toxic Treats” that contain lead
What can I do to keep children safe from lead?
- WASH children’s hands often with lots of soap and water – not just wipes!
- CLEAN floors and window sills with warm water and detergent. Use a HEPA vacuum to clean carpets.
- DON’T dry-sand or scrap old paint. Lay down plastic and spray the paint with water before scraping. Be sure to clean up any dust and paint chips.
- HIRE NC-Certified Lead Renovation Firms for homes built before 1978. Call 919-707-5950 or visit this website.
- Only use lead-free imported toys, jewelry, dishes, blinds, remedies, cosmetics, and candies.