Lead Poisoning

Community Justice Project is a legal partner in a coalition to reduce lead poisoning affecting Pittsburgh area families.  



Was your home built before 1978?

Most homes built before 1978 contain lead-based paint, which may put young children and pregnant women at heightened risk of lead poisoning.


Do you see any paint in your home that is chipping, cracking, peeling or worn-through? Harmful lead paint is exposed when the paint on windows, doors, walls and other surfaces wears away.


Do your children play in lead-contaminated soil near your home?

Soil around homes with lead-based paint may have lead dust, chips or flakes in it. Children are sometimes exposed to lead in this way.


Does your drinking water contain elevated levels of lead?  

Old underground water lines sometimes were made of lead, which may cause lead to leach into your water. If you live in an old home, you should consider testing the water for the presence of lead.


Does your child already have an Elevated Blood Lead Level (EBLL)?

Your child should be tested for lead at ages 1 and 2. An Elevated Blood Lead Level indicates lead poisoning. 


Did you know that lead poisoning causes irreversible brain damage in young children? 

Lead poisoning can result in irreversible brain damage in children under the age of six (6). Exposure to lead-based paint is the leading cause of lead poisoning.


Do you work with lead in your job?

Painters, construction workers, auto mechanics and others are often exposed to lead on the job, and they sometimes bring this toxin into the home on their clothes and shoes. This could expose your child to the toxin.  


If you answered “yes” to some of these questions,

call us at 412-434-6002 or en Español 412-580-8143 for legal advice

For more information on lead poisoning, see Get the Lead Out Pittsburgh.

Your child can get a lead exposure test at an Allegheny County Health Department blood testing facility