Infant seats. Safety helmets. Crib rails. Seat belts. Immunizations. Hoosier parents strive to keep their babies and young children safe and healthy in the face of hazards both seen and anticipated. But there is a hidden danger from the past that continues to take a toll on the youngest in our state: lead paint. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says 13,000 Indiana children suffer from lead poisoning, primarily from ingesting lead paint in their own homes.
Federal and state mandates are now in place to make contractors accountable for their work and to make it easier for homeowners to manage the dangers of lead paint, whether they live in houses or apartments. The CDC estimates that 13,000 Hoosier children have elevated blood lead levels at any given time. Lead poisoning in the #1 most preventable environmental cause of illness in children. Learn where the danger hides and learn how to keep your family safe.
How To Protect Your Family:
Have your child tested.
Keep your home free of lead paint chips and dust
Test paint in your older home for lead
Make sure contractors use lead-safe practices
Cover bare soil
For more information visit leadfreekids.org or call Indiana's Lead Hotline: (800) 433-0746.
This program is made possible through the support of Improving Kids' Environment, the Indiana State Department of Health and the Marion County Public health Department.