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.