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#kNOwLEAD to Prevent Childhood Lead Exposure

#kNOwLEAD to Prevent Childhood Lead Exposure

As lead exposure continues to be an ongoing health challenge, it is important that parents take precautionary measures to keep their children safe and healthy. While exposure can damage a child’s learning and development, it can be prevented.

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A Message from the Commissioner

A Message from the Commissioner

There is no safe level of lead in children. Learn more about the dangers of childhood lead poisoning from Cathleen Bennett, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health.

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Prevention

  • What is lead and what are its sources?
  • How are children exposed to lead and why is it harmful?
  • How can I prevent my child's exposure to lead?
  • How do I know if I have lead-based paint in my home and how do I safely remove it?

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Resources and Educational Materials

  • Public Web-Based Resources
  • Public Education Materials

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Testing

  • How do I know if my child has been exposed to lead?
  • What is New Jersey's testing law?
  • Where can my child be tested?
  • Does insurance cover this cost?
  • What is the role of my child's health care provider?
  • What happens if my child has an elevated blood lead level?

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DOH Environmental Resources

  • The Consumer, Environmental & Occupational Health Services
  • Food & Drug Safety
  • Maternal & Child Health Issues

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Data

  • Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention in New Jersey Annual Reports
  • Healthy People 2010 and Healthy New Jersey 2020

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Last Reviewed: 1/5/2017