Lead Based Paint

Lead Paint ResourcesDid you know many homes built before 1978 contain lead paint on both interior and exterior walls? When lead paint gets old, it can start to peel or come off in pieces and become a hazard.  Find out more! The National Lead Information Center provides information about lead, lead hazards, and preventing lead exposure.  Call the toll-free hotline, 1-800-424-LEAD (5323) or visit the website.  https://www.epa.gov/lead/forms/lead-hotline-national-lead-information-center

Do you know if there is lead in your home? Talk to your state or local health department about testing paint and dust in your home for lead. https://www.epa.gov/lead/understanding-inspection-risk-assessment-and-abatement

Did you know children’s hands and toys can pick up household dust or exterior soil contaminated by lead? Be sure to move children’s outdoor play areas away from bare soil and the sides of your home. Wet-mop floors and wet-wipe surfaces indoors often to reduce the risk of lead exposure! https://www.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-exposures-lead#soil

Lead exposure is dangerous during early childhood development, particularly for children who crawl! Make sure to take off your shoes when entering the house to prevent bringing lead-contaminated soil in from outside. https://www.epa.gov/lead/learn-about-lead#exposed

If you work near lead-based products, you can carry lead dust home on your clothes.  Keep your family safe by learning more about ways to prevent bringing sources of lead exposure home! https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/lead/safe.html

Lead poisoning is preventable! A simple blood test can detect lead. Find out more from your state or local childhood lead poisoning prevention program! https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/programs/default.htm

There is NO known safe blood lead level. Act early and get your child tested! Blood lead tests are usually recommended for children at 12- and 24-months. Talk to your doctor or health care provider for more information. https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/acclpp/blood_lead_levels.htm

You cannot see, taste, or smell lead in drinking water, but you can learn basic information about sources of lead in drinking water and suggestions for reducing exposure! https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/infographic-lead-drinking-water

Contact your local water authority for information about testing and identifying lead in your water! https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water#findout

Are you planning to buy or rent a home built before 1978?  Make sure you receive a copy of Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home.  It’s available in multiple languages! https://www.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-lead-your-home-real-estate-disclosure

Many lead information documents are available in multiple languages. https://www.epa.gov/lead/lead-safety-documents-and-outreach-materials
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