Dangers of Lead Poisoning
The following information was adapted from materials provided by the Minnesota Department of Health.
Although there has been a dramatic decline in national blood lead
levels over the past 10-15 years, childhood lead poisoning continues to
be a major, preventable environmental health problem. Young children
under 6 years old and pregnant women are most affected by lead and are
considered to have elevated lead levels if their blood test results are
greater than 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. More than a million homes in Minnesota contain at
least some lead paint.
Declining Trend of Average Blood Lead Level
In general, the average blood lead
level reported in Minnesota reflects national trends and has been
declining. While this decrease may be due to a number of factors,
efforts to raise awareness of lead issues, and identify high-risk areas
for lead exposure have played a key role.
Common Lead Sources
Common sources of
lead in the home include:
Recently lead has been found in such things as
children's sidewalk chalk, crayons and toys.
Department of Health (MDH) has a wide variety of information and
resources on the topic of lead, including health information, remodeling
guides, clean-up information and much more. Click here to learn more
about MDH's Lead Poisoning Prevention program.