For Families & Caregivers

How to Protect Your Family

Ways to Protect Your Family From Lead: Lead-Safe Practices

  • Ask your doctor to test your young children for lead even if they seem healthy.
  • Have children wash their hands after playtime outdoors or in soil.
  • Parents should remove their work clothing and shoes before entering their home if they work around materials that contain lead.
  • Keep the area where your children play as dust-free and clean as possible.
  • Make sure your children do not chew on painted surfaces, such as toys or window sills.
  • Report chipped or cracked paint to your landlord if you live in an older home built before 1978.
  • Learn about and be careful of toys that contain lead. You can keep up with the latest recalls on toys and other children's products using the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

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