Tips to Prevent Lead Poisoning

  • Test for lead paint contamination if your house or apartment was built before 1978.

  • Ask your doctor to test your child's blood between 6 and 12 months, or at any age if you suspect lead poisoning.

  • Clean floors, window frames and sills weekly using the proper technique (no dusting or vacuuming).

  • Wash kids' hands often.

  • Keep kids from chewing windowsills or other painted surfaces. Keep painted surfaces in good repair.

  • Clean or remove shoes before entering your home to avoid tracking in lead from soil (if you live in an area with contaminated soil).

  • Contact a professional if you must remove lead paint from your home.

  • Ask your health department or water supplier about testing your water (if you have a home built before 1986).

  • If you have a home built before 1978, repaint it if the paint is in poor condition.

  • Do not store food or drink in pottery that may have been fired with glazes that contain lead.

  • Make sure your children have a healthy diet, with adequate amounts of calcium, iron and zinc, which decrease the absorption of lead.