Lead is a highly toxic metal that was once used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead poisoning happens when too much lead gets into the body. Even very small amounts of lead from old paint chips or dust from lead can harm the body. Children 6 years old or younger are most at risk because their bodies are growing so quickly. Three sources of lead poisoning are:
Deteriorating lead based paint
Lead contaminated dust
Lead contaminated residential soil
Detecting Lead Poisoning
A blood test is the only way to detect lead poisoning and is recommended for children between 1 and 5 years old. If you suspect a child may be exposed to lead contact your health care provider and request a blood test. If someone is found to have an abnormal amount of lead in their blood an Environmental Health Specialist will help coordinate an investigation. Rowan County Environmental Heath does not conduct environmental lead testing.