Lead Poisoning Prevention
Environmental Health Program
Fax407-228-1467 or 407-228-1468
1001 Executive Center Drive, Suite 200
Orlando, FL 32803
Lead Poisoning Prevention
Lead is a naturally occurring metal that has been used to make many products. Lead poisoning occurs when too much lead gets into the body and can be a serious but preventable health problem.
The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is managed by a team of Environmental Health specialists and an Epidemiology Nurse Case Manager.
In addition to reporting children with high blood lead levels, the team conducts home visits for children with lead poisoning to provide education on lead prevention in the home and environmental assessments. Please note, the Orange County Health Department does not conduct testing for lead in individuals.
The equipment used during environmental inspections assists in determining the source of lead poisoning by identifying the presence of lead in paint, dust, soil or other items.
The lead prevention team provides education and specific recommendations to parents on how to decrease their child’s exposure to lead at the time of the visit. Quick identification of the source helps to decrease the child’s exposure to lead.
Some of the most common sources of lead are:
- House Paint and Lead Contaminated Dust
- Tap Water
- Lead Crystal, Lead Glazed Pottery and Dishes
- Toys and jewelry made in other countries
- Home remedies such as: Pay-loo-ah, Greta, and Azarcon
An Environmental Health Specialist can provide an inspection of your home for $91.00 Please call 407-858-1497 for an appointment.
Lead poisoning is a serious, yet preventable health problem. To find out more about the dangers of lead and our lead testing services, please contact our office at 407-858-1497. For frequently asked questions, please visit the Florida Health Informaton for Parents and Caregivers web page.
There are several things you can do to protect your children from exposure to lead.
- Wash children's hands with soap and water before meals and bedtime.
- Do not cook or store food and liquid in lead crystal or imported old pottery.
- Eat foods that are rich in calcium, iron, vitamin C and low in fat.
- Have your water tested.
- Have your home and any items that may contain lead tested.
- Have your child tested, even if they appear healthy.
- Clean floors, window frames, window sills, and other surfaces in weekly.
- Do not let your child chew on anything that is covered with lead paint.
- If you work with lead, change your clothes and shower before handling children.
- Hire a professional to remove any lead paint from your home.
Learn if you and your family are at risk for Lead Poisoning. Download our Lead Poisoning Home Checklist (PDF 198KB).