Lead poisoning is one of the leading environmental diseases affecting young children. Paint used before 1978 could contain lead. Lead paint dust from chipping, peeling, or chalking paint can mix with household dust and gather on surfaces, carpets, and toys. Home repairs, remodeling, and painting can create lead paint dust around the home, including the exterior house siding where children may play in the dirt. Household plumbing, pottery, fishing sinkers, toys, and jewelry are also sources depending on the age and manufacture. Learn more by visiting the Oregon Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.