How can I protect myself from lead in soil?

  • Cover soil that has lead in it with plants that aren’t going to be eaten – like grass or flowers.

  • Plant grass or small plants near the house to keep lead contaminated soil from being tracked inside.

  • Take your shoes off before entering home or living areas.

    • Place doormats outside and inside all entryways to prevent lead contaminated soil from being tracked in the house.

  • Wash your hands before eating.

  • Garden safely by:

    • Using raised gardening beds with a barrier, such as landscape fabric or newspaper, on the bottom and fill with at least 12 inches of clean soil.

    • Washing fruits and vegetables before eating them.

    • Getting rid of the outer leaves of leafy vegetables like heads of lettuce or cabbage.

      • Peeling root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, and beets before eating; throw away the peels.

    • Covering the soil in your garden and walking paths with a thick layer of mulch, clean compost, or straw.