The Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Lead poisoning remains a major environmental-health concern, and though it is commonly associated with youth, high levels of lead exposure are linked to serious adult health conditions, such as high blood pressure and dementia. The Lead Poisoning Prevention Program works to promote lead-safe environments in Buncombe and Henderson counties by providing the community with educational resources, identification of lead hazards in the home and training for professionals. “Although we don’t see many children who are lead-poisoned, low levels of lead, once thought safe, have been shown to be harmful,” says Program Coordinator Linda Block. If you are pregnant, or have children or grandchildren under the age of 7, call for a free lead inspection of your pre-1978 home. There are upcoming workshops on lead-safe work practices for remodelers, renovators and painters. Info: 251-6104 or

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