If I suspect that my house has lead hazards, what should I do?

Home Energy, Creating Healthy Communities September 27, 2011|Print

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. Do not vacuum (vacuuming can disperse lead particles) or dry sweep.

• Clean floors, window frames, window sills and other surfaces weekly. Use a mop, sponge, or paper towel with warm water and a general allpurpose cleaner or a cleaner made specifically for lead. WORK WET.

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 dairy products. Children with good diets absorb less lead.

Contact you local public Health Office to see if they have a lead education program. They may have a person who talk to you about way to identify lead in your home. If you believe that lead-based paint is the hazard they can help you learn to identify potential lead paint locations in the home (window sills, door facings, outdoor railings), If you believe it is something other than lead paint they can let you know about any lead poisonings reported locally. 

Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission's Recall website for a listing of items recalled http://www.cpsc.gov/

If you suspect lead poisoning discuss it with your physician. He/She can let you know about characteristic symptoms and recommend a blood test that measures blood lead levels. In some states young children's blood lead levels are tested regular for lead as part of an insurance plan, however not all physicians request the test.

For more information about Lead visit the Centers for Disease Control website at http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/

Environmental Protection Agency Lead http://www.epa.gov/lead/

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