Important Lead Poisoning Facts from the District Department of the Environment
· Parents, you need to know about lead poisoning. Every year, thousands of children are exposed to lead in their own home and face a lifetime of lost potential. Lead harms the brain, leading to loss of IQ and to behavior problems. Keep your child safe by making sure your home is free of lead hazards. The only way to know if your child is being exposed to lead is to get a blood lead test. The law in DC requires doctors to test, twice by age two. For more info, please visit ddoe.dc.gov/twicebytwo.
· Did you know that the older your home is, the more likely it is to contain lead paint? Simple renovation work can produce lead exposure threats that can seriously harm your family, including pets. Get the facts on required lead-safe work practices and on how to protect your family from the dangers of lead, by visiting ddoe.dc.gov and clicking lead-safe and healthy homes.
· Before you sign a lease to rent a home built before 1978 in the District of Columbia, the law requires your landlord to give you a completed Lead Disclosure Form. And, if a member of your household is pregnant or less than 6 years old, you’re also entitled to a Clearance Report stating that your home was checked for lead-based paint hazards, and none were found. Learn more about your lead rights by visiting ddie.dc.gov and clicking lead-safe and healthy homes.District Department of the Environment
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