Lead Safety Tips
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.
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