About Lead

Lead can be hidden within many different areas of your home or office.  Once lead has been ingested or absorbed, it is a very long process for your body to get rid of it.  The best bet is to have your home tested for potential hazards, especially if you are planning to become pregnant, about to bring home a new baby, or have young children already.

Where Is Lead Found?

If your home or office was built before 1978 there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the leading causes of lead poisoning.

Lead paint is still found in many homes - usually hidden under layers of new paint. Deteriorating paint is a hazard and needs to be tested immediately.

Some water service lines and household plumbing materials may also contain lead which can leach or enter the water as water flows through the plumbing.

Paint
Batteries
Cosmetics
Toys
Pipes
Furniture
Solder
Ceramics
Ammunition
Gasoline
Possible Lead Sources

Who Is At Risk?

Children

  • Growing bodies absorb more

  • Developing brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects

  • Putting their hands and objects in their mouths increases exposure levels

  • Eating or drinking from plates and cups containing lead

  • Playing on floors and window sills containing a higher level of lead dust

Adults & Pregnant Women

  • Lead exposure to pregnant women can result in exposure to the developing baby

  • Eating or drinking from plates and cups containing lead

  • Breathing lead dust during renovation or repair work

  • Working in a job or hobby where lead is prevalent

Lead Poisoning Precautions

Have your home or office tested for lead

Fix any potential hazards

Regularly check for deteriorating paint

Wipe down window areas regularly

Mop floors weekly

Clean carpets and floors

Dust walls and other painted surfaces

Test for lead paint before home renovations

Test children under the age of 6 for lead

How Can I Minimize The Risk Of Lead Poisioning?

The most important factor to reducing the risk for potential lead poisoning it to find it early. Testing for potential hazards and keeping the indoor environment clean are key to preventing lead related issues.

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