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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. Questions to determine if your child is at risk for lead poisoning can be found in Oregon Health Authority's Lead Poisons Kids: Are Your Kids at Risk? brochure.
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 and/or paint your home, please read EPA's Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools lead hazard information pamphlet | en español.
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