The release of lead into the environment poses significant risks to human health and the environment. We’ve known for centuries that lead is poisonous and we know lead exposure is a serious threat to our kids. No level of lead exposure is considered safe for children. Lead paint poses a significant risk of lead poisoning particularly when used in the home. As lead paint deteriorates it flakes off and creates dust. Children can inhale or ingest lead through contaminated household dust and soil, and paint chips.