Lead (Pb) Paint and Childhood Poisoning

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Lead exposure in young children, especially children under 6 years of age, can permanently cause reduced IQ and attention span, impaired growth, reading and learning disabilities, hearing loss, and a range of other health and behavioral effects.  Most exposures occur in homes or daycares constructed and painted prior to 1978 where lead-based paint has deteriorated because of deferred maintenance and where lead hazards have been created through painting or renovation done without using lead safe work practices (PDF).

Prevention of lead poisoning can be accomplished by eliminating lead-based paint hazards before children are exposed.  Wisconsin’s and Fond du Lac County’s goal to eliminate this disease by 2010 through working to make Fond du Lac County’s housing lead-safe, and by improving the detection and treatment of lead poisoning in children.  The State of Wisconsin has established a certification program for Lead Safe / Lead Free housing available for property owners and landlords.

Lead exposure can occur through other means besides lead-based paint.  Lead can be contained in jewelry, pottery glazes, home remedies, and other items used regularly.  The State of Wisconsin updates their website to reflect new announcements on product recalls and advisories. The federal government product recalls is another resource concerned individuals can keep up to date on any lead notifications.


  1. Fond du Lac County Code Enforcement Office

    160 S. Macy St.
    Fond du Lac, WI 54935
    Office: (920) 929-3139
    Fax: (920) 929-7655
    Email: Click here

    Fond du Lac County Health Department
    160 S. Macy St.
    Fond du Lac, WI 54935
    (920) 929-3085

  2. State of Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services Bureau of Environmental Health

    Division of Public Health
    1 West Wilson St.
    P O Box 2659
    Madison, WI 53701-2659

    To contact individuals at the State Office: Click here

  3. For complaints or questions regarding the Real Estate Disclosure Rule:

    U.S. EPA Region 5 (DT-8J)
    77 W. Jackson Blvd.
    Chicago, IL 60604
    (312) 886-7836

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