Lead Poisoning Prevention

Exposure to lead can seriously harm a child's health.

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The good news: it's 100% preventable.

Lead can be found throughout a child's environment - in lead paint and lead dust in homes built before 1978; in certain water pipes and soil; in toys and toy jewelry; even in some types of imported candies. Lead exposure can damage the brain and nervous system; slow growth and development; and cause learning, behavior, speech and hearing problems. All this can result in lower IQ; decreased ability to pay attention; and under performance at school. Over 1/2 million US children have blood lead levels high enough to damage their health.

By law, all children, at about ages one and two, must be tested for lead poisoning. Per CT State Statutes, NDDH staff is required to investigate and follow up on elevated blood lead levels in children under the age of six. Certain results may require epidemiological and environmental investigation. The district participates in a lead abatement program, which provides free assistance to qualifying families.

Renovating, repairing, or performing routine maintenance on a home or apartment built before 1978?  Everyday, children are unintentionally lead-poisoned by well-intended parents and renovators. Don't let a weekend project turn into a lifetime condition. Know the risks of lead poisoning and plan and perform your work correctly and safely. These step-by-step resources can help:

HUD, EPA, and CDC Lead Paint Safety Field Guide

Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home

EPA Small Entity Compliance Guide

Seven Facts About Lead-Based Paint and Lead Dust

Preventing Lead Dust Inside & Out

Reducing Lead Hazards at Home

Tips for Cleaning Lead Dust

For more information on lead prevention, please visit the CT Department of Public Health's Lead Program resources page , the CT DPH Lead Primary Prevention Page,  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).