is your home free of lead-based
Nearly 900,000 children under 6 years of age
are estimated to have elevated blood lead levels, which may cause damage to a
child’s developing brain.
Lead poisoning can cause problems in children
such as learning disabilities, hearing difficulties, and growth retardation.
People can get lead in their bodies by breathing or swallowing lead dust or by
eating soil or paint chips with lead in them.
To protect your family, you should:
- Have your home tested for lead paint if it was
built before 1978.
- Ask your child’s doctor or your health
department if your child should be tested for lead.
- Know that the primary source of lead exposure
is through lead based paint that is peeling, chipping, chalking, or
cracking. This contaminated paint can be a hazard when found on surfaces
that children can chew or that get a lot of wear-and-tear. These include
windows and window sills, doors and door frames, stairs, railings,
banisters, porches, and fences.
- Know that lead dust is also hazardous. It can
form when lead-based paint is dry scraped, dry sanded, or heated. This dust
can get on surfaces and objects that people touch. Settled lead dust can
reenter the air when people vacuum, sweep, or walk through it. Lead dust is
ingested primarily through hand-to-mouth contact.
- Know that drinking water can be contaminated
by lead solder in the pipes. If you suspect that you might have lead in your
plumbing, call your local health department to find out about testing your
For More Information:
- Visit HUD's Lead
- Call the National Lead Information Center and
Clearinghouse at 1-800-424-LEAD (1-800-424-5323 TDD: 1-800-526-5456).
- For a list of certified lead inspectors, call
1-888-LEAD-LIST, or visit the website at http://www.leadlisting.org.
- Call the US Environmental Protection
Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791, or visit its web
site at http://www.epa.gov/safewater.
- Call the US Consumer Product Safety
Commission’s hotline at 1-800-638-2772, or visit their web site at http://www.cpsc.gov