The effects of lead poisoning cannot be fixed, which is why prevention is key. Pregnant women, unborn babies, and children ages 6 and younger are at greatest risk of lead poisoning.
Lead in the body can increase the risk of miscarriage, premature birth, and in children can cause learning or behavioral problems, including brain damage. Common places where lead can be found include: paint (especially if the home was built before 1978), pipes, and toys.
To find out if your family is at risk and to learn how to prevent lead poisoning, call the Lorain County General Health District at 440-322-6367 and ask for more details about the Healthy Homes Program.