According to the National Safe Kids Coalition, an estimated 1.7 million children, aged five and under, have elevated lead levels in their blood that are high enough to affect intelligence and development. Children between the ages of one and three are at the greatest risk from lead poisoning. The most common cause of lead poisoning among children is the ingestion of dust from deteriorating lead-based paint. Furthermore, greater than 80 percent of public and privately owned housing units built before 1980 contain some lead-based paint.
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