Reducing Exposure

Lead exposure can be prevented by taking simple steps.


Practice safe household habits
  • Keep children away from chipping or peeling paint and call a qualified contractor to address.
  • Make sure children wash their hands after playing outside and before eating.
  • Put doormats at each entryway and wipe shoes well.
  • Wash toys, bottles and pacifiers with soap and water weekly.
  • Test soil for lead before gardening and playing in the area.
  • Beware of artificial turf fields and playgrounds, which may contain lead dust particles.
  • Purchase an NSF-certified home water pitcher or faucet-mount filter to remove lead from water. Always used cold water when preparing food, beverages and infant formula.
  • If a job or hobby involves lead, keep materials away from living areas, launder work clothes separately and change clothes before entering the home.
  • While healthy foods will not remove lead from the body, a healthy diet will help prevent the absorption of lead.
    •  Ensure that family members eat a well-balanced diet that is rich in iron, calcium, and vitamin C, but low in fat.
What to do if someone in your family experiences lead poisoning
  • Identify the potential sources of lead.
  • Take the steps above to minimize future exposure.
  • Children with cognitive and behavioral problems that cause decreases in academic performance should participate in early intervention programs to curtail developmental delays.
  • Consult with your physician.


Maintain your home’s condition
  • Clean floors, window sills, doorframes, and other flat surfaces frequently.
  • Wet dust and wet mop frequently.
  • Check for chipping and peeling paint and seek professional help to remove any deteriorating paint.
  • Test your home for lead contamination from water, paint, dust and soil.
 Take precautions before renovating
  • If your house was built or renovated before 1978, find a lead-safe renovation firm in the area, with contractors trained in lead-safe work practices.
  • Know where lead is located in your home and learn how to protect yourself and your family.
  • Hire a lead-safe certified contractor.
  • Seek resources for up-to-date housing codes.

Educators/Early Learning Providers

Lead is common in buildings built before 1978. The science is clear; lead impacts a child’s development, growth and learning.

  • Test any outlets that might be used for drinking water (fountains, cafeteria sinks, teacher lounges and nurse’s office, classroom sinks) for lead.
    • Always use a certified lead-safe contractor.

The technical team at 1000 Hours a Year can help you with free testing for your facility, grants for remediation efforts and training for your staff and community.


  • Always use lead-safe work practices when doing any renovation or repair work that may disturb any dust, plaster or painted surface.

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