Lead Poisoning

As part of RiverStone Health Public Health Services, the Lead Poisoning Prevention Taskforce works closely with community partners, healthcare providers and residents to prevent blood lead poisoning with the proper education, testing and resources.

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You should talk with your child’s healthcare provider about their risks for lead exposure during their 12-month visit. Healthy Montana Kids will cover the cost of testing for eligible families. 

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Take steps to prevent lead exposure

If you live in a home built before 1978, have your home checked by a licensed lead inspector. If you rent, ask your landlord to have your home checked to make sure all chipped paint is sealed and in good condition.

Contact your water provider to find out if you have a lead service line connected to your home. If there is lead in your tap water, take steps to reduce or eliminate exposure. Examples could include only drinking and cooking with cold water. Never cook or mix infant formula from the tap.

This can include children’s toys, traditional medicines and cosmetics. Visit the resources section to find more information on products containing lead.

Some imported or antique ceramics and pottery dishes are glazed with lead. This glaze can contaminate food with lead.

Produce can be grown in soil that has been contaminated with lead. Washing your produce thoroughly under cold, running water can help to reduce the risk of lead consumption.

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