For specific information about lead poisoning and related
environmental health issues, call this number.
An Information and Referral Specialist can answer your questions and
provide needed guidance. The Specialist
may also send you electronic resources or fact sheets for your own use or for
people you work with.
Who May Call
Anyone who is concerned about lead and related issues may call,
including parents, physicians, contractors, and property owners.
Topics People Have Called About
The Lead Information Line has helped callers by providing specific
information and guidance on the following topics:
Preventing exposure to lead
What to do if you’ve already been exposed to lead
Getting lead paint hazards out of PA homes
Am I or is my loved one at risk for lead poisoning?
Lowering risks of exposure to lead and other environmental
Current consumer alerts regarding environmental health
Professionals have called about:
Current research on healthy homes from U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Current legislation, regulations, and policies related to
Guidance when a child in their care has been exposed to lead
Young Children Are Most at Risk
Childhood lead poisoning at low levels may make learning
difficult, interfere with growth, harm hearing and delay development. At high
levels, lead may cause coma, convulsions and even death. The leading cause of
lead poisoning is lead dust from lead-based paint, which was used in most homes
until 1978. Children under age 6 are most at risk, because they put their hands
and other things in their mouths.
It is recommended that any children under age 6 be tested
for lead poisoning, using a simple blood test. A health professional can work with you to
lower or eliminate the long-term impact if your child has been exposed to lead.
Older Homes Often Contain
If your home was built before 1978, it may have lead-based
paint. As this paint breaks down, it
creates dust, which can be breathed in or touched. It is important to have your home inspected for lead paint. Most
homes built before 1978 are subject to the Lead Disclosure Rule. A lead-based paint inspection report must be
disclosed if lead is present.
Bureau of Family Health
625 Forster St.
7th Floor East
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0701