How am I exposed to lead in soil?

  • Lead can get into your body by breathing in or swallowing soil (dirt) that has been contaminated with lead from paint chips, dust, or air pollution.
  • Children may accidentally get soil in their mouth and swallow it when playing outdoors. 
  • Lead contaminated soil can be tracked into your home, especially after playing outside or working in the garden. 
  • People can also be exposed to lead in soil through fruits and vegetables grown in lead-contaminated soils.
    • It is sometimes difficult to wash fruits and vegetables well enough to be sure you’ve removed all of the contaminated soil. 
    • Some plants may even take in some of the lead from the soil as they grow.