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Lead poisoning is a serious problem for children who are 6 years and younger.  Lead is a metal that has been mined for thousands of years.  In the past, lead was used in many common items found in or near homes.  These items include paint, gasoline, water pipes, and food cans.  Lead may also be found in products used today Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer.  You may have lead around your home or apartment building without even knowing it.  You can’t see, taste, or smell the lead that may be in the dust, paint, or soil around your home, or in your drinking water or food.  Exposure to lead can be dangerous.  The best thing to do for your child is to have him or her tested using a simple blood test.  For information on blood lead testing, contact your local health care center. For sites in Philadelphia, click here .
 

Exposure to low levels of lead can cause:

Early symptoms of lead exposure include:

Lead poisoning can be prevented and it is up to you to keep your family safe from lead hazards in your home.  You can begin by taking these steps:

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