Lead exposure in young children can cause reduced IQ and attention span, impaired growth, reading and learning disabilities, hearing loss, and a range of other health and behavioral effects. Most exposures occur in homes or daycares where lead-based paint has deteriorated because of deferred maintenance or where lead hazards have been created through painting or renovation done without using lead-safe work practices.
Prevention of lead poisoning can be accomplished by eliminating lead-based paint hazards before children are exposed. Oconto County's goal is to eliminate this disease by working to make Oconto County housing lead-safe, and by improving the detection and treatment of lead poisoning in children.
Education and environmental assessments are provided as needed, based upon specific situation and current program guidelines. Community education may be provided if requested. Fees dependent upon the actual service provided.