Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home

Simple Steps to Protect Your Family from Lead Hazards

If you think your home has lead-based paint:

  • Don’t try to remove lead-based paint yourself.

  • Always keep painted surfaces in good condition to minimize deterioration.

  • Get your home checked for lead hazards. Find a certified inspector or risk assessor.

  • Talk to your landlord about fixing surfaces with peeling or chipping paint.

  • Regularly clean floors, window sills, and other surfaces.

  • Take precautions to avoid exposure to lead dust when remodeling.

  • When renovating, repairing, or painting, hire only EPA- or state-approved Lead-Safe certified renovation firms.

  • Before buying, renting, or renovating your home, have it checked for lead-based paint.

  • Consult your health care provider about testing your children for lead. Your pediatrician can check for lead with a simple blood test.

  • Wash children’s hands, bottles, pacifiers, and toys often.

  • Make sure children eat healthy, low-fat foods high in iron, calcium, and vitamin C.

  • Remove shoes or wipe soil of shoes before entering your house.

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