LEAD PAINT & CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING
LEARN THE FACTS!
Lead Paint in Your Home Could Poison Your Children
• If your home was built before 1978, it probably has some lead paint.
• Most children are poisoned by lead dust that gets on their hands and then in their mouths.
• Lead dust comes from peeling or damaged paint or from sanding or scraping paint in older homes.
• Dirt or bare soil can also contain lead.
Learn the Risks of Lead Poisoning
• Lead is toxic. It can harm your child’s brain and cause learning difficulties and behavior problems.
• Children under six are most at risk. Lead can also harm unborn babies.
• It can happen to your child. Almost one million children in the U.S. under age six suffer from lead poisoning.
Follow This Simple Checklist to Help Keep Your Home Lead Safe
1. Keep paint in good shape
2. Work safely and clean up if you paint or repair.
3. Keep your home free of lead dust.
4. Watch where your children play.
5. Test your child for lead.
Get Help With Lead Paint & Lead Poisoning Prevention
Rebuilding Together Saratoga County provides free home repair and modifications to low-income homeowners in need. As part of our Lead Outreach Program, we provide outreach and education to the Saratoga County community, as well information on working safely with lead paint. For more information about the Lead Outreach Program, or for an application for assistance, call 695-3315.
Additional Information to help children understand how to deal with Lead Awareness, the "Lead Lucy Coloring Book":