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Kenosha-Racine Lead-Free Communities Partnership
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City of Racine Public Health Department
Did you know homes built before 1978 may have lead paint? Lead poisoning is a serious but preventable disease that happens when too much lead builds up in the body. At low levels, lead poisoning can cause learning delays, behavioral problems, and brain damage. At higher levels of lead poisoning, serious disability or even death can occur. Children 6 years old and younger are at the greatest risk of getting lead poisoning. Lead in the environment may also be harmful to a pregnant woman's unborn child.
Children should be tested for lead poisoning 3 times before the age of 3, and yearly after age 3 until they are 6 years old. For more information, call the Public Health Department Clinic at 262-636-9431 or the Environmental Health Division Lead Sanitarian at 262-636-9538.
How Can I Tell if My Child Has Lead Poisoning?
Sources of Lead Poisoning
Lead in Drinking Water
What Can I Do to Prevent Lead Poisoning?
List of Open Lead Abatement Work Orders
Lead Poisoning Information
Kenosha-Racine Lead-Free Communities Partnership
For More Information
Most children show no signs of lead poisoning. Every child should be tested for lead poisoning 3 times before age 3 and at least once a year after, until age 6. A blood test measuring the amount of lead in a child's body is the only way to determine if lead poisoning has occurred. To have your child tested for lead poisoning, call your child's physician.
Ask yourself the following questions:
If you answered yes to any of these questions, your child is at high risk of lead poisoning.
Lead paint is the major source of dangerous environmental exposure for young children. A paint chip the size of a fingernail can be enough to cause severely elevated blood lead levels in a child. Household remodeling can produce dangerous levels of lead-contaminated dust. Paint can chip and flake, contaminating areas around a house where children are likely to play. Soil and dust may also contain lead from leaded gasoline, industry, and deteriorating exterior house paint.
Most often, when lead is present in drinking water it is the result of the water dissolving lead from the plumbing pipes. Flushing the pipes by running water from the faucet for 2 to 3 minutes before using will greatly reduce the amount of lead present. The document below contains more information about lead in drinking water, testing water for lead, and ways to reduce exposure.
Lead in Water
The City of Racine Water Utility has more information about lead in drinking water.
The City of Racine Water Utility has information on the private lead service line replacement program.
A well-balanced diet is very important. It is recommended that your child eat three meals a day with nutritious snacks in-between. Select a variety of foods from the Bread, Cereal, Rice & Pasta Group; Fruit Group; Vegetable Group; Milk, Yogurt, and Cheese Group; and Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs, & Nuts Group. Current research shows a variety of foods will give your child important nutrients to help protect him/her from lead poisoning and can help reduce the amount of lead in his/her body. Families meeting income guidelines may be eligible for WIC.
The most important thing to do in preventing lead poisoning in your child is to reduce the sources of lead in your child's world. Here are some helpful ways to protect your child from lead poisoning:
The purpose of these listings is to provide information to property owners, tenants, potential buyers, and the general public about the existence of lead-based paint hazards in residential property.
The following lists contain information about the properties for which lead abatement work orders are outstanding. A letter is sent to owners of vacant properties on this list, explaining that lead hazards must be abated prior to the residence being re-occupied.
Outstanding Lead Abatement Orders
Properties with Completed Lead Abatement Work
Federal regulations require home sellers and landlords to disclose information regarding the presence of lead based paint hazards to future buyers or tenants. Copies of Lead Abatement Work Orders can be obtained for any of these vacant or occupied properties by contacting the Environmental Health Division.
State of Wisconsin DHS - Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Lead Paint Safety
5 Things You Can Do to Lower Your Child's Lead Level
Lead Poisoning Prevention: Are you Pregnant?
Lead Poisoning Coloring Book
Lead Poisoning: Know the Facts
Look Out for Lead
Protect Your Family from Lead
Renovate Right: Families, Child Care, and Schools
Racine Lead Poisoning Statistics
Map of Lead Poisoned Children
Number of Children with Blood Lead ≥ 5 μg/dL
Prevalence of Lead Poisoning in Children
3-Year Moving Average: Children with Blood Lead ≥ 10 μg/dL
Number of Individuals Screened for Lead Poisoning
Other Important Links
CDC's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Page
Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin
Drinking Water and Lead
Kenosha/Racine Lead-Free Communities Partnership - Legacy of Lead
Racine/Kenosha Lead-Free Communities Partnership Program
Racine Housing Authority
Sesame Street -
"Lead Away" Video
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