Health officials warn to guard against lead poisoning

MADISON, Wis. – Lead paint was banned in the US in the 1970s, but it can still be found in the environment and it still poses a threat to children.

Most children who contract lead poisoning were exposed to the chemical by paint dust in homes built before 1978.

“The vast majority of kids get this exposure by just doing normal kid things,” Madison Public Health official John Hausbeck said. “Crawling around on the floor, putting their hands in places where dust builds up.”

Lead poisoning is preventable.

Cleaning floors and windows, washing children’s hands often, and covering chipped or peeling paint can help keep kids safe.