If you live in an older home, there are several steps you can take to minimize lead exposure:
1. Check the paint in your home.
Check painted windows, doors and floors for peeling, flaking or chipping paint. Keep children away from these areas.
Pick up any paint chips and throw them in the garbage.
If a child plays near a window with old paint, put something like furniture in front of the window so that the child can’t touch the old paint.
Don’t let your children play near dirt next to the home, as the soil can also be contaminated from the lead (Grass and sandboxes are safe).
2. Keep things clean.
Wash children’s hands before eating and before sleeping.
Wash toys once a week and keep toys away from areas with chipping paint.
Don’t let children eat food that has fallen on the floor. Wash pacifiers and bottles if they fall on the floor and before giving them to your child.
Clean floors, windowsills and tabletops with wet mops or rags once a week to wash up dust.
3. Avoid disturbing the paint and creating lead dust.
Never dry scrape or sand old paint.
Put off renovations until your children are older, if possible. If you need to make repairs or do maintenance use lead-safe methods. Learn more about lead-safe painting, repairs, and renovations on the Environmental Protection Agency website.