Who Is Most At Risk?

Children under the age of six are most at risk for lead poisoning. Lead disrupts proper brain development during these years.

Pregnant women, and their unborn children, are also at risk. Elevated blood lead levels in pregnant women can lead to an increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth or low birth weight babies. The lead from a pregnant woman can pass to her unborn child so that a newborn could have an elevated blood lead level.

Adults are also at risk of being poisoned with effects ranging from high blood pressure to a higher risk of early death.