1. Evaluate your home for lead hazards.
If it was built before 1978, chances are that
it contains some lead paint - it's almost certain
to be present in pre-1950 homes.
|2. Remodel and renovate
safely -- never sand lead paint, since lead dust
is far more dangerous.
|3. Do not remove lead-based
paint yourself. It is extremely hazardous.
|4. Keep areas where children
play as dust-free and clean as possible. Wet mop
floors and wipe window ledges and surfaces such
as cribs with a general all-purpose cleaner or a
cleaner made specifically for lead and warm water.
|5. Have children wash their
hands after playing outside, and before meals, naps
and at bedtime.
|6. Have your water tested
for lead. Water may contain lead from pipes, solder
or faucets containing lead.
|7. Do not bring lead dust
into your home from the workplace or environment.
Wipe your feet before entering your home. Remove
work clothes and wash them separately from the rest
of your family's clothing.
|8. If you purchase or rent
a home built before 1978, review carefully the information
provided to you about lead-based paint hazards.
|9. Eat a healthy diet that
includes iron, calcium and foods low in fat. Foods
rich in iron include eggs, red meats, and beans.
A healthy diet causes the body to absorb less lead.
|10. Practice good maintenance
to keep old lead-based paint intact.