Lead Poisoning is 100% Preventable

The good news: Lead poisoning is 100% preventable.

Take these steps to make your home lead-safe.

  • Talk with your child’s doctor about a simple blood lead test. If you are pregnant or nursing, talk with your doctor about exposure to sources of lead.
  • Talk with your local health department about testing paint and dust in your home for lead if you live in a home built before 1978.
  • Renovate safely. Common renovation activities (like sanding, cutting, replacing windows, and more) can create hazardous lead dust. If you’re planning renovations, use contractors certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (visit www.epa.gov/leadexternal icon for information).
  • Remove recalled toys and toy jewelry from children and discard as appropriate. Stay up-to-date on current recalls by visiting the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website: www.cpsc.govexternal icon.