The Lowdown on Lead
Don't Let Your Kid Be Poisoned
What is Lead?
Lead is a metal found in the dirt. It used to be used in paint before people knew it was poisonous. If you live in a building built before 1978, your house might have lead paint or lead water pipes.
Who Can Get Lead Poisoning?
Anyone who eats, drinks, or breathes lead can get poisoned but kids under 6 are most at risk. They tend to put things in their mouth a lot that could have lead dust. Also, their brains are still developing so it has a bigger effect on them.
In Chicago, neighborhoods like Englewood, North Lawndale, Austin, and Rogers Park-- neighborhoods with lots of older houses, have high rates of lead poisoning.