The Dangers of Lead

by Kim Tewalt on October 22, 2012 at 6:30 am

One local agency is raising awareness about lead paint for National Lead Poisoning Prevention week.

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department wants to make sure the public knows the effects of lead-based paint, especially in children. Houses painted before 1978 are more likely to have lead paint, and children under age six are most at risk for lead poisoning.

"Also doing any kind of renovations in the home, as well as the condition of the home. if there’s paint chipping, peeling, cracking. Kids being at the low level of window sills and things like that, that might also be where the lead paint is." explained Healthy Home Regional Support Coordinator Kate Paul.

Since the may be no signs or symptoms of lead poisoning, Paul says there is no safe level of lead in children.

"The effect of lead poisoning can be from very small to behavioral things to developmental disabilities that can happen." she explained.

Paul says lead poisoning is preventable. She says if you’re unsure about your home or child you should contact the health department or your doctor. For more information on lead poisoning go to