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How to Keep Children Safe from Lead
Lead and Pregnancy
Removing Lead and Lead Links


Contacts

Food & Lodging:
Scott Carpenter
Environmental Health Supervisor
Phone: (828) 465-8258
Email Scott Carpenter

Septic Systems & Wells:
Megen McBride
Environmental Health Supervisor
Phone: (828) 465-8268
Email Megen McBride

Staff Contact Info

map 25 Government Drive
Newton, NC 28658


Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
HOW TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFE FROM LEAD
  • Be alert for chipping and flaking paint
  • Use only safe interior paint on walls, toys, furniture, etc.
  • Make sure that childen only put safe clean items in their mouths
  • Don't allow children to eat snow or icicles
  • Feed children a well-balanced diet which is high in iron and calcium
  • Don't store food in open cans
  • Don't use pottery for cooking or serving if you're unsure about its glaze
  • Have your water tested if you suspect it might contain lead. Draw drinking and cooking water only after letting it run for a few minutes.
  • If you work with lead be sure to shower and change clothes before coming home. Wash your work clothes before coming home. Wash your work clothes separately from the family's clothes.
LEAD AND PREGNANCY

Unborn babies are also affected by lead. A pregnant woman with lead in her body can pass it on to her baby.

There are studies which indicate that lead exposure may increase the risk of premature birth, low birthweight and miscarriage or stillbirth.

Studies also indicate that babies exposed to lead before birth may not be as intelligent as other children the smae age or may have learning and behavior problems.

REMOVING LEAD

Do not attempt to remove the lead source yourself. Hire a qualified professional to remove the lead from the home. The local building inspector should be able to direct you to a qualified professional in your area.

LINKS TO OTHER LEAD INFORMATION

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