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Philadelphia’s Lead Paint Issue

Feb. 16, 2021

Lead can be very harmful, especially to young children. The most important step parents can take is to prevent lead exposure before it occurs.

Childhood lead poisoning at low levels may make learning difficult, interfere with growth, harm hearing and delay development.

Childhood lead poisoning at high levels may cause coma, convulsions and even death.

Lead can be found throughout a child's environment, including:

  • homes built before 1978 that contain lead-based paint

  • peeling and cracking paint makes lead dust that can poison children when they swallow or breathe in the dust

  • certain water pipes

  • some consumer products, such as some toys and jewelry

  • some candies imported from other countries or traditional home remedies

  • certain jobs and hobbies involve working with lead-based products may cause parents to bring lead into the home.

If you or someone you know who is a tenant in a dwelling with lead issues, contact The Town Law today.