How to check your family and home for lead

Just knowing that a home has lead-based paint may not tell you if there is a hazard. To reduce your child’s exposure to lead, get your child checked, have your home tested (especially if your home has paint in poor condition and was built before 1978), and fix any hazards you may have. Your family […]

Where lead is found

In general, the older your home, the more likely it has lead-based paint. Paint. Many homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint. The federal government banned lead-based paint from housing in 1978. Some states stopped its use even earlier. Lead can be found: In homes in the city, country, or suburbs. In apartments, single-family homes, […]

Health effects of lead

Childhood lead poisoning remains a major environmental health problem in the United States. People can get lead in their body if they: Put their hands or other objects covered with lead dust in their mouths. Eat paint chips or soil that contains lead. Breathe in lead dust, especially during renovations that disturb painted surfaces.   […]

Why Do You Need to Be Concerned About Lead?

Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in paint and other products found in and around our homes. Lead also can be emitted into the air from industrial sources and leaded aviation gasoline, and lead can enter drinking water from plumbing materials. Lead may cause a range of health effects, from […]