Recommendations For Parents
- Check the home for possible lead hazards
- Make sure children do not have access to peeling paint or chewable surfaces painted with lead-based paint. Create barriers between living/play areas until the hazard has been fixed or removed.
- Use lead-safe work practices when doing repairs, maintenance or remodeling, or hire a certified lead-safe renovator.
- Pregnant women and children should not be present in housing built before 1978 that is undergoing renovation.
- Regularly wash children’s hands, especially before snacks, meals, naps and after playing on the floor, by a window, on a porch or outdoors.
- Regularly mop floors and window areas with soapy water, then rinse well.
- Wash toys, blankets and stuffed animals often.
- Prevent children from playing in bare soil; if possible, provide them with sandboxes away from painted siding.
- Talk to the state or local health department about testing paint and dust from at-risk homes for lead.
The following resources can be used to educate parents and provide then with information on blood lead testing and lead poisoning prevention:
For more information on lead poisoning contact us at 1-800-972-2026 or online at Contact Us.