City of Reading



Protect your family from lead in your home!

What is Lead and where can be found?

Is a natural element found in small amount in the earth’s crust.  While it has some beneficial uses, it can be toxic to human and animals causing health problems.  This element it used for centuries in paint, gasoline, ceramics, metal goods, and more.  It is found in all parts of our environment including dust, paint, air soil, and water.


Who is at risk?

Lead can be ingested or inhaled, and even small amounts are harmful to all body systems, but children under 6yrs and pregnant women are the most.  Vulnerable children: because their growing bodies absorb more lead than adults do and their brains and nervous system are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead.  Pregnant women:  Lead can accumulate in our bodies over time, where it is stored in bones with calcium.  During pregnancy, lead can released from the mother’s bones along with calcium and can pass from the mother exposing the fetus to lead.  This can result in serious health problem to the baby, including baby to be born premature, damage in the baby’s brain, kidney’s and nervous system and more.

There is no safe level of lead in the blood.  Both adults and children are affected by deteriorating lead-based paint in their own homes.  Dry sanding and/or burning of lead-based paint from hard-to-reach surfaces is very dangerous.

What are the health effects of lead in children? What do parents need to know to protect their children?
Children 6yrs old and younger are the most susceptible to the effects of lead.  Lead can cause behavior and learning problems, lower IQ and hyperactivity, slower growth and hearing problems.  Ingestion of lead can cause seizures, coma and in rare cases even death.  Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health, and the effects of lead cannot be corrected.  The most important step parents, doctors and other can take is to prevent lead exposure before it occurs.

How City of Reading is helping?
Here at City of Reading, under Community Development Department and with the help of HUD and State of Pennsylvania, we are developing a new program called Lead Hazard Control Program (LHCP).  The purpose of this program is to help tenants/homeowners to reduce the risk of lead in their homes.  Soon we will have more information about requirements, how to get your home tested-FREE for lead and how to apply. 






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Send in the mail to:
Community Development
815 Washington St.
Reading, Pa.
ATTN: Lead Program

For questions please call us at: 610 655-6460



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