Thursday, March 15, 2012

How to find out if your child has been exposed to lead

Did you know that much of the District of Columbia's housing stock still contains lead paint?   The District's lead laws are there to protect residents from harmful exposure to lead.

But sometimes, exposure can still occur, and the youngest of our children are those who are at greatest risk of harmful health effects.   To see if your child is being exposed to lead, ask your pediatrician to take a blood sample, which they are required to do for all DC children, at both ages 1 and 2.   For more info, visit

This message was originally shared by the Department of the Environment on a number of community discussion lists.

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