Who is at Risk for Lead Poisoning? EVERYONE
All children under the age of 6, pregnant women and unborn children are at risk from lead poisoning. Adults may also be at risk because of their jobs or hobbies.
The Forsyth County Board of Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Rules recommend that all children be tested for lead at the age of 1 and again at the age of 2 during a well child visit (routine check-up) or at least once before the age of 6, regardless of the age of your home.
What is Lead? Lead is a heavy metal that does not break down over time and is dangerous to human health. In the past, the Romans used lead in their water pipes and to make statues and roofing tiles.
Why was Lead added to paint and other items?
Why does Forsyth County have a Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program? The Forsyth County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) monitors children’s blood lead levels, provides early intervention, conducts environmental lead investigations and enforces abatement, when necessary. Forsyth County CLPPP was formed in 1997 by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) designed to increase the number of children tested for lead poisoning and decrease the number of children affected by lead poisoning. Although there has been an increase in the number of children tested for lead poisoning, children are still being lead poisoned and the affects of lead will be with them their entire lives.