Lead Poisoning - Prevention

Lead poisoning can often be prevented by steps such as the following:

  • Keep areas where children play as clean and dust-free as possible.
  • Wash baby pacifiers and bottles when they fall on the floor. Wash toys and stuffed animals often.
  • Make sure children wash their hands before meals and at bedtime.

Possible sources of lead poisoning. (Reproduced by permission of Electronic Illustrators Group)
Possible sources of lead poisoning. (Reproduced by permission of
Electronic Illustrators Group

  • At least twice a week, mop floors and wipe windowsills and other surfaces on which children might chew. Use a solution of powdered dishwasher detergent in warm water.
  • Plant bushes next to an older home with painted exterior walls to keep children at a distance.
  • Have household tap water tested to find out if it contains lead.
  • Use water only from the cold-water tap for drinking, cooking, and making baby formula. Water from the hot-water tap tends to contain higher levels of lead.
  • If the cold water hasn't been used for six hours or more, run it for several seconds before using it. The longer water sits in pipes, the more lead it tends to dissolve.
  • If you work with lead in your job or hobby, change your clothes before you go home.
  • Do not store food in open cans, especially imported cans.
  • Do not store or serve food in pottery meant for decorative use.

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