Polk County Health Department

Lead Poisoning Prevention

Repair Assistance is Available to eliminate childhood lead poisoning!

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Repair Assistance is Available to Eliminate Childhood Lead Poisoning!

Lead-based paint is the primary source of lead poisoning of children in Iowa.  About 75,000 housing units in Polk County were built before 1978 when lead based paint was banned. Making homes lead safe can prevent exposure to brain damaging lead hazards.

Even low levels of lead exposure can cause health problems in young children including: 

  • attention deficit
  • behavior problems
  • learning difficulties
  • decreased IQ

Long-term exposure to lead can damage the brain, kidneys, and bone marrow. 

Symptoms of lead poisoning include:

  • stomach pain
  • headaches
  • vomiting
  • confusion
  • muscle weakness
  • Seizures
  • Anemia
  • At lower levels of lead many children do not show any symptoms

Lead poisoning is 100% preventable.  

Contact the Metropolitan Partnership for Lead Safe Housing now to ensure your home receives the needed repairs to become a lead-safe-home!

Links:

Lead Safe Home Registry 

Lead Information for Families

Lead Information for Contractors

Lead Education Resources

Lead Frequently Asked Questions

Healthy Homes Resources


Contact Us

Phone: (515)-286-3798
Fax: (515)-286-2033
Toll free: 866-209-1300
Email:
healthdept@polkcountyiowa.gov


Address: 1907, Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314