Lead Exposure

What is lead, where is it found and what are the dangers of being exposed?

Lead is a toxin that can be especially harmful to children under the age of 6. Before the risk to young children was known, it was used in many products, particularly paint. Paint bought today does not contain lead, but prior to 1978 it did, making older homes potentially dangerous for young children. Lead dust from old paint is the most common way children get lead poisoning. Lead can have a very serious and permanent effect on a child’s growth and development. Exposure can cause behavioral problems, learning disabilities, speech and language delays, and cognitive decline. Seek help from your physician if you feel your child has been exposed. Test kits are available and laws are in place to protect tenants.