A simple blood test can detect high levels of lead.
Blood tests are important for:
Children who are 6 months to 1 year old (6 months if you live in an older home with cracking or peeling paint)
Family members that you think might have high levels of lead
Check your family!If your child is older than 1 year, talk to your doctor about whether your child needs testing. Your doctor or health center can do blood tests. They are inexpensive and sometimes free. Your doctor will explain what the test results mean. Treatment can range from changes in your diet to medication or a hospital stay.
Lead from paint chips, which you can see, and lead dust, which you can't always see, can both be serious hazards.
Lead-based paint that is in good condition is usually not a hazard.
Peeling, chipping, chalking, or cracking lead-based paint is a hazard and needs immediate attention.
Lead-based paint may also be a hazard when found on surfaces that children can chew or that get a lot of wear-and-tear. These areas include:
Windows and window sills
Doors and door frames
Stairs, railings, and banisters
Porches and fences
Lead dust can form when lead based paint is dry scraped, dry sanded, or heated. Dust also forms when painted surfaces bump or rub together. Lead chips and dust can get on surfaces and objects that people touch. Settled lead dust can re-enter the air when people vacuum, sweep, or walk through it.
Lead in soil can be a hazard when children play in bare soil or when people bring soil into the house on their shoes. Call your state agency to find out about soil testing for lead.
If you suspect that your house has lead hazards, you can take some immediate steps to reduce your family's risk:
If you rent, notify your landlord of peeling or chipping paint
Clean up paint chips immediately
Clean floors, window frames, window sills and other surfaces weekly. Use a mop or sponge with warm water and a general all-purpose cleaner or a cleaner made specifically for lead. REMEMBER: NEVER MIX AMMONIA AND BLEACH PRODUCTS TOGETHER SINCE THEY CAN FORM A DANGEROUS GAS
Thoroughly rinse sponges and mop heads after cleaning dirty or dusty areas
Wash children's hands often, especially before they eat and before nap time and bed time
Keep play areas clean. Wash bottles, pacifiers, toys, and stuffed animals regularly
Keep children from chewing window sills or other painted surfaces
Clean or remove shoes before entering your home to avoid tracking in lead from soil
Make sure children eat nutritious, low-fat meals high in iron and calcium, such as spinach and low-fat dairy products. Children with good diets absorb less lead
In addition to day-to-day cleaning and good nutrition:
You can temporarily reduce lead hazards by taking actions such as repairing damaged painted surfaces and planting grass to cover soil with high lead levels. These actions (called "interim controls") are not permanent solutions and will need ongoing attention.
To permanently remove lead hazards, you must hire a lead "abatement" contractor. Abatement (or permanent hazard elimination) methods include removing, sealing, or enclosing lead-based paint with special materials. Just painting over the hazard with regular paint in not enough.
Always hire a person with special training for correcting lead problems - someone who knows how to do this work safely and has the proper equipment to clean up thoroughly. If possible, hire a certified lead abatement contractor. Certified contractors will employ qualified workers and follow strict safety rules as set by their state or by the federal government.
Always use a professional who is trained to remove lead hazards safely. Call your state agency for help with locating qualified contractors in your area and to see if financial assistance is available.
Remodeling or Renovating a Home with Lead-Based Paint
Take precautions before you begin remodeling or renovations that disturb painted surfaces (such as scraping off paint or tearing out walls).
Have the area tested for lead-based paint
Do not use a dry scraper, belt-sander, propane torch, or heat gun to remove lead-based paint. These actions create large amounts of lead dust and fumes. Lead dust can remain in your home long after the work is done
Temporarily move your family (especially children and pregnant women) out of the apartment or house until the work is done and the area is properly cleaned. If you can't move your family, at least completely seal off the work area
Follow other safety measures to reduce lead hazards. You can find out about other safety measures by calling 1-800-424-LEAD. Ask for the brochure "Reducing Lead Hazards When Remodeling Your Home." This brochure explains what to do before, during, and after renovations
If you have already completed renovations or remodeling that could have released lead-based paint or dust get your young children tested and follow the steps outlined in this web site to protect your family.
While paint, dust, and soil are the most common lead hazards, other lead sources also exist.
Drinking water. Your home might have plumbing with lead or lead solder. Call your local health department or water supplier to find out about testing your water. You cannot see, smell, or taste lead, and boiling water will not get rid of lead. If you think your plumbing might have lead in it:
Use only cold water for drinking and cooking.
Run water for 15 to 30 seconds before drinking it, especially if you have not used your water for a few hours.
The job. If you work with lead, you could bring it home on your hands or clothes. Shower and change clothes before coming home. Launder your clothes separately from the rest of your family's
Old painted toys and furniture
Food and liquids stored in lead crystal or lead-glazed pottery or porcelain
Lead smelters or other industries that release lead into the air
Hobbies that use lead, such as making pottery or stained glass, or refinishing furniture
Folk remedies that contain lead such as "greta" and "azarcon" used to treat an upset stomach
The National Lead Information Center
Call 1-800-424-LEAD (424-5323) to learn how to protect children from lead poisoning and for other information on lead hazards. To access lead information via the web, visit www.epa.gov/lead and www.hud.gov/offices/lead/
EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline
Call 1-800-426-4791 for information about lead in drinking water.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Hotline
To request information on lead in consumer products, or to report an unsafe consumer product or a product-related injury call 1-800-638-2772, or visit CPSC's Web site at: www.cpsc.gov
Health and Environmental Agencies
Some cities, states, and tribes have their own rules for lead-based paint activities. Check with your local agency to see which laws apply to you. Most agencies can also provide information on finding a lead abatement firm in your area, and on possible sources of financial aid for reducing lead hazards. Receive up-to-date address and phone information for your local contacts on the Internet at www.epa.gov/lead or contact the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD.
For More Information
For the hearing impaired, call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 to access any of the phone numbers in this brochure.
Federal law requires that individuals receive certain information before renting, buying, or
renovating pre-1978 housing:
LANDLORDS have to disclose known information on
lead-based paint hazards before leases take effect. Leases will include a federal form about
SELLERS have to disclose known information on lead-based paint hazards before
selling a house. Sales contracts will include a federal form about lead-based paint in the
building. Buyers will have up to 10 days to check for lead hazards.
RENOVATORS have to give you the pamphlet entitled "Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home" before starting work.
IF YOU WANT more information on these requirements, call the National Lead
Information Clearinghouse at 1-800-424-LEAD.
All lead hazard information contained herein reproduced from the United States Environmental Protection Agency booklet entitled "Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home". Co-Authored by the U.S. EPA and the U.S. CPSC, Washington, D.C. Information on this web site pertaining to lead hazards is based upon current scientific and technical understanding of the issues presented and is reflective of the jurisdictional boundaries established by the statutes governing the co-authoring agencies. Following the advice given will not necessarily provide complete protection in all situations or against all health hazards that can be caused by lead exposure.
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All lead hazard information contained herein reproduced from the United States Environmental
Protection Agency booklet entitled "Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home". Co-Authored by the
U.S. EPA and the U.S. CPSC, Washington, D.C. Information on this web site pertaining to lead hazards
is based upon current scientific and technical understanding of the issues presented and is reflective of
the jurisdictional boundaries established by the statutes governing the co-authoring agencies.
Following the advice given will not necessarily provide complete protection in all situations or against all
health hazards that can be caused by lead exposure.