CLPPP: Child Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) provides lead testing for children. Lead testing is recommended at ages 12 and 24 months. Call for educational materials and a lead testing providers list. Education material will be posted in the Resource Center below.
Lead Poisoning Prevention Project activities and resources include:
- Services for lead-poisoned children, including family education, case follow-up and environmental testing, and care coordination.
- Education and outreach for health care providers, agencies, and community residents.
- Information and referrals for parents, home remodelers and child care providers.
Lead poisoning is dangerous to the growth and development of young children. A child with lead poisoning can have trouble learning, paying attention and behaving.
Most children with lead poisoning do not look or act sick. The only way to know if your child has been poisoned by lead is to have your doctor or health care provider test your child. All at-risk children under six years old should get a blood test.
What Causes Lead Poisoning?
The most common way that children get lead poisoned is through lead dust in the home. Tiny particles of lead from old lead paint become part of house dust. The lead dust gets on children's hands and then into their mouths, resulting in lead poisoning. Lead hurts many parts of the body, but especially the growing brain and nervous system of the young child.
Where Is Lead Found?
The most common place where lead is found is in the paint on older buildings. Lead was used in house paint until 1978, and the older the home, the more lead in the paint. In Contra Costa County, about 45% of homes were built before 1970, and in some parts of the county over 80% are that old.
If you have any questions or concerns in regards to lead exposure please, call the Siskiyou County Public Health Department and we will do our absolute best to help you get the answers you are looking for.
Siskiyou County Health and Human Services
Public Health Division
810 South Main St
Yreka CA 96097