What is a Environmental Lead Risk Health Hazard?

A lead risk health hazard is an item or condition that could result in lead being introduced to the body. Such conditions include:pealing paint chips

  • Flaking, peeling or chipping paint
  • Soil contaminated by paint, gasoline exhaust, or industrial emissions
  • Dust created by the friction of doors and windows
  • Water contaminated by lead pipes or components
  • Sporting items (e.g. fishing sinkers, bullets)
  • Foreign made items (e.g. toys, dishes)
  • Antiques

Make your child’s environment lead-safe!!!

Follow the lead safe practices outlined below to be lead free.

Hygiene & Nutrition

Hygiene – Clean hands will keep the lead out

  • Wash children’s hands and face frequently
  • Don’t let children mouth nonfood items
  • Wash-down children’s toys frequently

Nutrition – A healthy diet will minimize the body’s uptake of lead.

  • Feed children healthy snacks often (CLICK for lead healthy diet brochure)
  • Serve calcium rich foods such as milk, cheese, yogurt, spinach, collards, tofu, and salmon
  • Provide foods rich in iron such as lean red meat, chicken, eggs, tuna, lentils, beans, peas, prunes, raisins, broccoli, and spinach
  • Get plenty of vitamin C from foods such as oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, kiwi, fruit juices, peppers, broccoli, and tomatoes
  • Run your water faucet for 10 seconds before drinking
  • Use cold tap water for cooking and for drinking or cooking
  • Do not use imported pottery to serve or store food

Home Housekeeping & Maintenance

Housekeeping – Good housekeeping can go a long way in the prevention of childhood lead poisoning.

  • Dust and wet mop frequently (CLICK for Remove Lead Dust Checklist). Keeping surfaces in your child’s environment free of lead dust will reduce the child’s exposure to lead.
  • Use door mats or remove shoes to prevent leaded soil from being tracked in
  • Don’t allow pets to track soil into the home
  • Keep leaded items out of children’s reach

Home Maintenance – Proper home maintenance reduces the lead hazard risk

  • Be sure doors and windows work freely without friction
  • Replace old lead water pipes or copper pipes with lead solder with PVC pipes
  • Keep paint in good repair
  • Use “wet” techniques for the removal of lead paint during a home renovation project to minimize the creation of lead dust. (CLICK for Paint Repair Safety Checklist)  pb containing soil in play area
  • Repair leaks
  • Reseed or cover bare areas of soil

Click here to visit our Lead Resource Center for lead safety publications and links.