Watch the video below to learn about lead hazards in the home.
The Baltimore City Health Department seeks to reduce lead poisoning in the City of Baltimore through primary prevention and aggressive enforcement of the city's lead laws. Lead poisoning has decreased significantly since 2000. Read more in the most recent press release (2010) (pdf).
Lead is a poisonous metal that was used in building construction and in the making of other household paints prior to 1978. Even though its use was banned, lead still remains a hazard in many places. When something with lead in it starts to deteriorate, it becomes dust, which is poisonous if you breathe it or eat it.
Where is Lead Found?
Lead can be found on painted surfaces inside and outside the home. Lead is usually found in:
Lead Can Also Be Found In:
Who is Most at Risk?
Children (1-6 years of age)
What are Symptoms of Lead Poisoning?
Loss of appetite
What Do I Do if I am Concerned My Child has Been Exposed to Lead?
The best thing to do is to call your pediatrician and ask them to perform a lead test.
If you don’t have a pediatrician, call the Baltimore Health Care Access hotline to get assistance with insurance and other community health resources.
Spanish and English speaking
There are some locations that offer reduced cost lead testing:
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Care-A-Van
Phone: 410-550-5818 for general information
Phone: 410-913-5126 to make an appointment at one of the mobile sites.