Click Lead Hazards- What you need to know to learn more about lead paint and what makes it an environmental hazard.
Below are some simple steps you can take to protect your child against lead poisoning.
1) Keep Play Areas Clean
- Check your child’s play area for peeling or chipping paint. Pick up any paint chips and throw them away.
- Wash the floors once a week, using wet cleaning methods. Never vacuum or dry dust.
- Put furniture in front of window sills with chipping paint so your child can’t get to them.
2) Wash Up Dust
- Wash window sills, trim around windows and doors, and other areas that children touch.
3) Keep Lead Out of your Child’s Mouth
- Always wash your child’s hands before eating and sleeping.
- Wash children’s toys and don’t let children eat food or use pacifiers that have fallen on the floor.
4) Get Your Child Tested For Lead
- Ask your pediatrician to test your child’s blood for lead.
Where and what to look for to address lead hazards
Lead paint is commonly found on:
- Windows sills, and doors
- Floors and stairs
- Woodwork and trim
- Exteriors of buildings, including porches
What to look for:
- Places where paint is chipping, peeling, flaking, or chalking.
- Places where two painted surfaces rub or hit each other, such as opening and closing windows and doors.
- Bare soil on the property. Dust and chips can fall from lead paint on the outside of a home and land in soil nearby. It can stay in the soil for many years.