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Every year, Oregon children are exposed to dangerous levels of lead in their homes. For some, that exposure will result in slow growth and development, behavior and learning problems, or health effects such as kidney or liver damage.
If your child is at risk for lead exposure, have their blood lead level tested.
To find out if your child is at risk, read Oregon Health Authority's brochure: Lead Poisons Kids: Are Your Kids at Risk? (pdf) or call the LeadLine at 1-800-368-5060.
Home renovations and repair contribute to nearly half of the childhood lead poisonings in Oregon. Projects that disturb painted surfaces can create hazardous lead dust that can endanger your family.
If you live in a pre-1978 home and you or someone you have hired plans to renovate, repair or paint your home, use the information below to learn how to reduce your risk.
If you plan to do the work yourself:
If you plan to hire a contractor:
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