Lead Information

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III indicates that 4.4% of children ages 1-5 have blood lead levels of 10 micrograms per deciliter (ug/dL) or greater. Levels of 10 ug/dL have been associated with harmful effects on children’s learning and behavior. Ingestion of dust generated by deteriorating lead-based paint (LBP) and renovations of surfaces containing LBP is the leading cause of childhood lead poisoning. Approximately 45% of Pennsylvania housing was built prior to 1950 and is likely to contain LBP. Call 215-685-2797 for more information.
www.phila.gov/health/units/lead