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Lead Poisoning Prevention

Important Reminders

  • Lead is a toxic metal that has been used in many products over time. It can be in the air around airports, shooting ranges, and industrial areas. Lead can be breathed in or ingested and cause health problems.

  • Do you live near an airport? Some small aircraft still use leaded gas that create dangerous lead air pollution and can cause health problems, especially for children. Most children with lead poisoning do not seem sick. Ask your doctor about a lead test.
  • A blood lead test is the best way to know if there is lead in your child’s body. All children enrolled in publicly funded programs like Medi-Cal and children who live or spend time in buildings built before 1978 should get tested at 1 and 2 years old.

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Sources of Lead Exposure