Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
Where is lead most commonly found?
- House paint is the main source of lead that affect children. Paint can peel or chip off walls, window sills, doors or cribs and tiny bits can end up on baby's toys, clothing, hands or bedding and eventually get into babies' mouths.
- Lead can typically be found in paint and dust on the inside and outside of homes and buildings built before 1978.
- Lead can also be found in drinking water. Old lead pipes can deposit particles of lead into the water, especially when the hot water is running.
- Soil or dust can also be contaminated with lead. That is especially a problem where old buildings have been torn down.
- Lead may be in pots, dishes and ceramics that are handmade or made outside of the United States.