Lead-Safe Wisconsin

New Report Shows Decreases in Young Children Who Received Blood Lead Level Testing During COVID-19

A toddler playing with blocks on an area rug at homeA new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report shows that many of Wisconsin children missed recommended blood lead testing during COVID-19. The number of Wisconsin children tested for elevated blood lead levels went down by 75% in April 2020, compared to April 2019.

There's no safe level of lead exposure in children. Learn more about why it's important to test your child.

NEW! Tribal Lead Curriculum

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the Lead Awareness in Indian Country: Keeping our Children Healthy! curriculum to provide resources to reduce childhood lead exposure in communities. You can find more information on EPA’s website.

 

Lead Poisoning is Preventable

Lead damages the brain and other body systems. Lead can hurt anyone, but kids under age 6 are most vulnerable, and the damage can last a lifetime.

Fortunately, lead poisoning is 100% preventable. It's usually caused by swallowing or breathing in dust from lead-based paint in older homes. We can protect kids by making sure the homes they live and play in are free from lead dust. Learn more below.

 

Last Revised: February 11, 2021