Sources of Lead

Lead can be found throughout a child’s environment.

  • Homes built before 1978 (when lead-based paints were banned) probably contain lead-based paint. When the paint peels and cracks, it makes lead dust. Children can be poisoned when they swallow or breathe in lead dust.
  • Certain water pipes may contain lead.
  • Lead can be found in some products such as toys and jewelry.
  • Lead is sometimes in candies imported from other countries or traditional home remedies.
  • Certain jobs and hobbies involve working with lead-based products, like stain glass work, and may cause parents to bring lead into the home.