What is lead poisoning?
  • Lead is a naturally occurring metal that has been used in many products.
  • Lead is harmful to the human body.
  • There is no known safe level of lead in the body.
  • Small amounts of lead can build up in the body and cause lifelong learning and behavior problems. The buildup of lead in the body is referred to as lead poisoning.
  • Lead Poisoning is California’s most common environmental illness found in children.
  • The United States has taken many steps to remove sources of lead, but lead is still around us.
  • Lead in paint was severely restricted in 1978.
  • Lead solder in food cans was banned in the 1980s.
  • Lead in gasoline was removed during the early 1990s.

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1. What is lead poisoning?
2. Remodeling a home built prior to 1978?
3. How can I have my home tested for lead?
4. What are common sources of lead?
5. Who should worry about lead poisoning?
6. How does lead harm a child?
7. How do I know if my child has lead poisoning?
8. Can lead poisoning be treated?
9. What are some simple steps to protect my child from lead poisoning?
10. How can healthy foods protect my child from lead poisoning?
11. Reporting a lead hazard?