Lead Poisoning Prevention
Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that contains lead. Over 98% of the homes in Wauwatosa were built before 1978. Lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards if not taken care of properly. Adults exposed to lead can:
- Become irritable
- Have reduced coordination
- Experience damage to their kidneys, sperm cells, developing fetuses, and nerves associated with the senses
Lead's effects on young children from one to five years old are worse. Children are involved in more hand-to-mouth activities, and lead is absorbed by their bodies more easily. A child's developing nervous system is also more easily harmed by lead. For more information please see the EPA brochure on Protecting Your Family From Lead.
Lead in Water
The City of Wauwatosa Water Department has issued a handout Questions About Lead in Water
The Wauwatosa Health Department administers a weatherization program for the replacement of original leaded windows and doors in Wauwatosa households. Criteria must be met.