According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about 1 in 22 children in America have high levels of lead in their blood. Lead is known to impact children's intelligence and physical agility with the possibility of life-long effects.

Lead can be found in many places around your home, in childcare centers and schools. It can be found in the water, in dirt or in paint on walls. Because it does not break down naturally, lead can remain in the environment until it is cleaned up.

Check with your doctor if you are concerned about health effects from lead. Your doctor can help you decide if you should test your child's blood for lead. You may also want to test your water, dirt and paint in your home to see if they contain lead.

Lead Resources

For Providers

  • Who Should Have Blood Lead Testing: Learn who should be tested, what are the risk factors and how to use the Lead Exposure Index Model mapping.
  • Blood Lead Test Reporting: Learn who is responsible for reporting blood lead results, how to report and the process of reporting.
  • Blood Lead Case Management: Learn when to re-test, what other tests and labs should be completed, when to take a home environmental assessment and what education should be provided to parents.

For Parents/Guardians

Other Resources

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Learn more about lead and how to test drinking water, renovate safely and find a lead-safe certified renovation firm.

Tacoma Public Utilities: Learn more about water quality and keeping lead out of water.

Washington State Department of Health: Learn what lead is, how you are exposed, who is at risk for lead poisoning, what are the health effects, how to get tested, how to prevent exposure and what are lead notification laws for landlords and homesellers. 

Dirt Alert Program: Learn about arsenic and lead in the soil.

Check your child's toys for lead at HealthyStuff.org or US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

For more information call (253) 798-2954 or email us.