SJC CLPPP: Prevention


washing handsLead poisoning is entirely preventable.  The best way to prevent lead poisoning is to provide your child with a safe environment that does not contain any of the hazards that are known to cause lead poisoning.  Children get lead poisoned when they touch something with lead and then put their hands into their mouth.  They may also get lead poisoning if they put lead contaminated objects into their mouth.  Children under the age of 6 are at highest risk because their brains are developing, they often put their hands or other objects into their mouth, and they absorb lead at a higher rate than adults.

Lead-based paint and lead contaminated dust are the main sources of lead exposure for U.S. children.  Lead-based paint was banned from residential use in 1978.

Protect Youor child From Lead
Protect Your Child from Lead

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