There is no safe blood lead level in children. A child with a blood lead level of 3.5 to less than 10 micrograms per deciliter is defined as having an elevated blood lead level. “Lead Poisoning” is defined as a confirmed level of lead in human blood of 10 micrograms per deciliter (10 µg/dl) or greater. Lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body. Because lead exposure often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized.
State Law Mandates:
State law mandates blood lead screening for all “high-risk” children 72 months (6 years) of age and below. A “High risk” child is defined as a child that:
Lives in, or visits, a house or facility built before 1978 with recent, ongoing, or planned renovation/remodeling. (This includes a daycare center, preschool, or home of a babysitter or relative.)
Lives in or visits a house that has peeling, chipping, dusting, or chalking paint.
Has a sibling or playmate who has or did have lead poisoning.
Frequently comes in contact with an adult who has a hobby or works with lead. Examples are construction, welding, pottery, painting, and casting ammunition.
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Want tested for Lead?
To get your tap water tested for lead, please contact us at 419-334-6373 to set up a water sample.
To get your home and assessed for lead hazards, click here to visit the Erie County Health Department Lead Hazard and Healthy Homes Program, in which covers Sandusky County in their grant program.
Updated on 12/14/23