Did You Know?
Fresno County is one of the highest counties in the state when it comes to the number of children with high levels of lead in their blood.
Lead poisoning is
What can you do?
1. Stay Informed
2. Avoid Exposure
3. Get Tested
#1 Stay Informed
|Lead can be found in common places where children play, from outdoor areas to older homes. Stay informed about the dangers of lead exposure and take action to keep your children safe. For more information, contact our Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP), or visit cdc.gov/nceh/lead/ for additional resources.
#2 Avoid Lead Exposure
|There’s no “safe level” of lead, and even low levels of lead can affect a child’s IQ and academic achievement. The key to avoiding lead poisoning in your children is to avoid lead exposure in their everyday environments.
#3 Get Tested
|Talk to your child’s doctor about getting tested for lead poisoning, and watch for possible changes in their behavior. Young children face the greatest risk of lead poisoning. It’s recommended that children get tested for lead poisoning at ages 1 and 2.
Common Sources of Lead Exposures
- Old peeling paint
- Contaminated soil and dust
- Imported ceramics
- Imported toys and jewelry
- Stained glass
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP)
- Remodeling of older homes
- Shooting ranges
About The Program
The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) provides services to the community to increase awareness about the hazards of lead exposure and increase the number of children tested for blood lead poisoning.
In addition to information and education to the general public, the CLPPP offers home visitation, environmental home inspections and health education to families of severely lead-poisoned children. Telephone contact and educational materials are also provided to families of moderately lead-poisoned children.
Program Outreach Events
The program observes two campaigns every year — National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week in October and National Poison Prevention Week in March. During these two months, the CLPPP participates in outreach events such as presentations to parents, and media campaigns to spread the word about the dangers of lead poisoning in children and how to prevent it. The CLPPP is busy throughout the year case-managing children who have lead poisoning and those who are potentially at risk.
Recall Items Due to High Levels of Lead
Primark children’s bamboo plates in the shape of a bunny, a bear, Winnie the Pooh character, and a rainbow. These items contain elevated levels of lead and formaldehyde, posing a hazard to children. These items were sold at Primark US stores located in the northeast region, Florida, and Chicago from October 2021 through August 2022. More information about this recall is available on the CPSC website. Images of the product are below:
Hatley USA’s Opalescent Angel Wings children’s headbands. This product is being recalled because it contains levels of lead that exceed the federal lead content ban, posing a lead poisoning hazard to children. More information about this recall is available on the CPSC website. Images of the product are below:
CUPKIN Double-walled stainless steel children’s 8 oz. and 12 oz. cups. The cups come in 12 different color combinations and were sold online at Amazon.com and Cupkin.com from January 2018 through March 2023. These products are being recalled because they contain levels of lead that exceed the federal lead content ban, posing a hazard to children. More information about this recall is available on the CPSC website. Images of the product are below: