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Lead Poisoning Prevention

Tips to Prevent Lead Poisoning

Many homes built before 1978 contain lead paint. When lead paint gets old, it can peel or flake. In Oregon, about 54% of occupied housing units were built before 1980.

Talk to your state​ or local health department about testing paint and dust in your home for lead.

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Lead exposure is dangerous during early childhood development, particularly for children who crawl! 

Make sure to take off your shoes when entering the house to prevent bringing lead-contaminated soil in from outside. 

Wet-clean floors and wet-wipe surfaces indoors often to reduce the risk of lead exposure.

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Lead poisoning is preventable!

A simple blood lead test can detect lead. Blood lead tests are recommended for children at 12- and 24-months. Consult with your health care provider. Find out more from your state or local childhood lead poisoning prevention program!

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You cannot see, taste, or smell lead in drinking water, but you can learn basic information about sources of lead in drinking water and suggestions for reducing exposure.

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Are you planning to buy or rent a home built before 1978?  

Make sure you receive a copy of Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home. It’s available in multiple languages.

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National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

Each year National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) is a call to bring together individuals, organizations, industry, and state and local governments to raise awareness of lead poisoning prevention and reduce childhood exposure to lead.

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Follow Lead Prevention Week on social media: #NLPPW2023 #LeadFreeKids