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Intact lead-based paint that is well maintained is not hazardous. Lead paint is a hazard when it is peeling or chipping. Lead paint is considered hazardous when it is present on a friction, impact, or child-accessible surface.
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Lead has no biological value. Lead is a poison and can have detrimental health effects on the body (in extreme cases, lead poisoning can cause death).
Both adults and children can be lead poisoned. Children are at greater risk of lead poisoning than adults.
Impacts of lead poisoning on children include:
The only way to verify a child is lead poisoned is to have them tested. Children under the age of six should be tested. Your child can be tested by your family physician or through Primary Health Care Inc.