Children under 6 years of age living in or visiting pre-1978 housing are at greatest risk for lead poisoning. Protecting these children from lead hazards does not always need to be complicated. The following basic steps can help prevent a child from becoming lead poisoned or even being exposed to lead:
- Keep painted surfaces in good condition
- Do not power sand lead-based paint, even hand sanding should be avoided
- Wash floors and windows the right way.
- Wash your child's hands often, especially before eating
- Eat healthful foods high in iron, calcium, and vitamin C; avoid fatty foods
- Use cold tap water for drinking, cooking, and making infant formula
- Test your paint, varnish and water for lead
While these steps are important, they may not be enough to eliminate a child's risk for lead poisoning. Our Laboratory tests for lead in paint, varnish and water.