Lead was used in paint until 1978. The older your home, the more likely lead paint is present. Lead in paint is a danger to children if the paint is chipping, peeling, cracking or chalking..
What should you know?
- Look for lead paint (especially around windows, floors and doors) that is chipping, peeling, flaking, that may chip. Knowing how to identify lead paint in your home is crucial.
- Scraping, burning, sanding or using a heat gun to remove lead paint creates dust which allows lead fumes into the air.
- Use paper towels, soap and water to wipe surfaces where paint is chipping weekly.
- Wash dust and flakes off of hands, toys, bottles, clothes, windows, pacifiers and floors with soap and water. Hand sanitizer does not remove lead.
- Use a sealant to create a barrier against chipping paint flakes.
- Leave your shoes at the door to keep lead outside of your home.
- See a doctor if you’re worried about lead exposure.
What should you NOT do?
- DO NOT dry scrape, power sand, burn or use a heat gun to remove lead paint.
- DO NOT dry sweep or vacuum paint chips.
- Get tested for lead exposure: Contact your doctor, local WIC Clinic or your city’s Health Department.
- Well Fed Means Less Lead! See the Get Well Fed page for tips on protecting your family through the use of healthy foods.