Home lead testing promoted

In 2016, one in eleven children tested in Sheboygan County have had high blood lead levels. High levels of lead may lead to the development of learning problems such as hyperactivity, developmental delays, hearing problems, and aggressive patterns of behavior.

Major sources of lead exposure are lead-based paint and lead contaminated dust in deteriorating buildings and homes built before 1978. Despite the presence of lead in the environment, lead poisoning is preventable. Stopping a child’s exposure to lead from paint, house dust, or any other source is the best way to stop the harmful effects of lead.

Sheboygan County Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health is taking part in in National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 22-28, and joins the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in helping parents to learn more about how to prevent lead poisoning.

For more information on how to prevent lead poisoning, contact Sheboygan County Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health at (920)459-3030 or visit the Lead-Safe Wisconsin website at www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/lead.

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