Habits

There are some things you can do around your home to keep your children safe. Click below to learn more.

Soil

Soil near old homes may have lead in it. If you're worried about lead in your soil click below for more information.

Paint

Paint in homes built before 1978 may have lead in it. There are safe ways to protect your children from leaded paint. Click below to learn how.

Dust

Dust is the most common way children get exposed to lead. Click on the link below to learn how you can protect your child from dust. 

Habits

  • Children and adults should take their shoes off before entering the home

  • Wash hands frequently especially before eating

  • Wet dust surfaces once a week with wet paper towels, cloths, microfiber cloths etc.

  • Cover exposed leaded soil with mulch, grass, or gravel

  • Paint over peeling or chipping paint

 

Soil

Lead can also be found in soil from chipping paint and leaded gasoline. There are some things that can be done such as planting grass, spreading mulch or gravel on bare soil, use raised beds for gardening, cover sand boxes and other soil play areas, and encourage children to play on covered surfaces.

 
 

Dust

Cracking and peeling paint can create leaded dust particles which can't be seen and cause children to ingest it. To help reduce this risk you should wet dust using wet paper towels, wet rags, microfiber cloths etc. once a week to clean up leaded dust. Be sure to clean around windows, play areas, floors, and wash hands and toys often with soap and water.