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Lead Exposures in the Home
Lead-based paint in the home
The most common source of lead exposure for children is lead-based paint.
The most common places to find lead-based paint or coatings inside your home are windows, doors, stairs and other woodwork. Lead is also common in kitchens and bathrooms, where moisture can be a problem. Outside walls, porches, columns, railings, windows and doors are often coated with lead-based paint, as well. Some places to look include:
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Other lead exposures in the home
Past uses of lead in paint, gasoline,and other substances continues to contaminate children's environments through the deterioration of lead-based paint and other sources into dust.
Drinking water can sometimes contain high concentrations of lead from lead-containing pipes and solder.
Occupations and hobbies can also create lead exposures to children. Lead can get on clothes, shoes, and cars. This lead can then be brought inside the home, where children can be exposed. Occupations and hobbies that can create lead exposures include, but are not limited to:
Lead in food and products can be a source of exposure. Imported lead-soldered cans, food additives, and some folk remedies can contain lead. Things to look for include:
Environmental sources of lead are also common. These include:
Questions to ask about lead poisoning:
By the time there are symptoms, harm may have already been done that will last your child's lifetime. You can prevent childhood lead poisoning and figure out if your child should be tested. Click here for questions and answers about childhood lead poisoning.
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