Lead is a naturally occurring metal, which can be found throughout the environment in the air, water, soil, dust and even inside our homes. While lead can have some beneficial uses, it can also be toxic to humans and animals. If inhaled or swallowed, lead can build up in the body over time and cause health problems.
It's important to be aware of potential sources of lead exposure, especially for children and people living in older homes. The main sources of lead in South Carolina are related to contaminated soil and dust, and chipping lead-based paint in older houses, particularly those built prior to 1950.
S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) works with health care providers and public water systems across the state to monitor and help prevent potential lead exposure.
Some of the ways DHEC helps protect South Carolinians from potential lead exposure, include: