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:
- 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)
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)
- Repair leaks
- Reseed or cover bare areas of soil