Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
- Keep your home clean and dust free. Wet mop floors, wet wipe window sills, vacuum regularly and wash all surfaces often. Use household cleaner and rinse with clean water to keep dust from spreading in the house.
- Watch what your child puts in their mouth. Do not let children chew on painted surfaces like cribs, doors, walls or window sills.
- Wash your child's hand often, especially after they handled something suspicious, before eating and sleeping. Also, wash children's toys regularly. Lead dust can stick to toys and hands that children put into their mouths.
- Take off shoes or wipe them on a doormat before going inside to keep lead dust outside.
- Keep painted furniture that is chipping away from children. Keep items like cribs, playpens, beds and highchairs away from chipping or peeling paint.
- Plant brushes, grass, lay paving stones, concrete or gravel to cover bare dirt outside where children play.
- Change out of work clothes and shoes, wash up or shower when coming home from work if you work with or near lead.
- Do not use imported or handmade dishes, pots or serving platters for food or drinks unless they have been tested and found to be lead free.
- Never sand, dry scrape, wash or sand blast paint unless you know it has been tested and does not have lead in it. Lead dust from paint can spread and poison your family, pets and neighbors.
- Providing a nutritious diet high in iron, zinc and calcium for your child can also protect them from lead poisoning. Foods rich in Vitamin C consumed with high iron foods helps absorption of iron.