Is Your Family at Risk?

If you answer "Yes" to any of the questions listed below, your child may be at risk for lead poisoning.

Does your child:

  • Live in or regularly visit a house built before 1978 with peeling or chipping paint? This could include the home of a baby-sitter or relative, a daycare center or preschool.
  • Live in or regularly visit a house built before 1978 with planned, recent (within the past year) or ongoing renovation/remodeling activity?
  • Have a brother or sister, a playmate or other household member with a confirmed elevated blood level?
  • Live with an adult whose job or hobby involves exposure to lead?
  • Live near an active lead smelter, battery recycling plant, or other industry likely to release lead?
  • Have a history of possible prenatal exposure to lead (child's mother had elevated blood lead during pregnancy)?
  • Have iron deficiency anemia, sickle cell disease, developmental delay or behavioral problems?
  • Have a habit of eating dirt, paint chips, or other non-food items?
  • Have excessive mouthing habits that are not age appropriate?
  • Have an elevated blood lead test of 10 micrograms per deciliter or higher when last tested?

If your child may be at risk for lead poisoning, speak to your child's doctor or nurse about a simple lead test. Contact TALK if you have any questions or need assistance.