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Lead Safety Tips

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Follow these steps to protect your children’s health. If your home was built before 1978:

  • Keep your children away from peeling, chipping, or flaking paint.
  • Do not allow your children to chew on painted surfaces, such as windowsills.
  • Get your children’s blood lead level tested. Children who have high blood levels of lead may appear healthy.
  • Keep your home clean by washing floors and windowsills weekly. Clean up paint chips using a wet sponge or rag. Completely rinse sponges and mop heads after cleaning dirty or dusty areas.
  • Frequently wash your child’s hands, toys, bottles, pacifiers, clothes, and stuffed animals to reduce exposure.
  • Clean or remove shoes before entering home to avoid tracking in lead form soil.
  • Have children play in grassy areas instead of bare soil.
  • Avoid using home remedies that contain lead, such as Azarcon and Greta
  • Use cold tap water for drinking and preparing meals since lead is more likely to leach into warm or hot water. Let the tap water run for 15-30 seconds before drinking it.
  • Make sure your family eats a well-balanced diet low in fat and high in calcium and iron (fish, green, vegetables, milk and cheese) to reduce absorption of lead into the body.

Contact

Mailing Address:
200 Texas St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Physical Address:
818 Missouri Ave.
Suite 245
Fort Worth, TX 76104

Phone:
817-392-7444

Fax:
817-392-7523

Email:
LeadSafe@FortWorthTexas.gov

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