Lead Poisoning Prevention

Today, childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children, yet nearly half a million U.S. children have elevated blood-lead levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A simple blood test can prevent permanent damage that will last a lifetime.

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About Lead – Fairfax County

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.

National research suggests that the primary sources of lead exposure for most children are:

  • Deteriorating lead-based paint
  • Lead contaminated dust
  • Residential soil

Locally we have observed culturally unique cosmetics and homeopathic or home remedies that contain lead.

Changes in the law have greatly reduced the amount of lead in our homes and in the air today. But it is important to remember that lead does not break down over time. Therefore, you should know how to identify sources of lead in your home and how to keep your family safe.

Fairfax County Health Department conducts case management for all reports of lead poisoning in children under age 6. When a report is received of a child with a significantly elevated blood lead level, a Fairfax County Health Department multidisciplinary Lead Response Team conducts an Elevated Blood Lead Level Environmental Investigation and educates the household members about reducing lead exposure.

Here are a few resources for your use in safeguarding your home and children from lead:

Lead Resources

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