October 28, 2015 1:10 am
- Keeping your home clean. Ordinary dust and dirt may contain lead. Children can swallow lead or breathe in lead-contaminated dust if they play in the dust or dirt and then put their fingers or toys in their mouths, or if they eat without washing their hands first. Keep the areas where your children play as dust-free and clean as possible.
In addition, wash pacifiers and bottles after they fall on the floor, and wash toys and stuffed animals regularly. Clean floors, window frames, window sills and other surfaces weekly. Use a mop, sponge or paper towel with warm water and a general all-purpose cleaner or a cleaner made specifically for lead. Thoroughly rinse sponges and mop heads after cleaning dirty and dusty areas.
- Reducing risk in your home. If your home was built before 1978, paint containing lead could be on window frames, walls, the outside of your home or other surfaces. Tiny pieces of peeling or chipping paint are dangerous if eaten - but lead paint in good condition is not usually a problem, except in places where painted surfaces rub against each other and create dust (e.g., when you open a window, the painted surfaces rub together).
Make sure your child does not chew on anything covered with lead paint, such as painted window sills, cribs or playpens. Do not burn painted wood - it may contain lead.
- Hiring a lead removal specialist. Lead dust from repairs or renovations of older homes can remain long after the work is completed. Hire a person with special training for correcting lead paint problems in your home - someone who knows how to do the work safely and has the proper equipment to clean up thoroughly.
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