What You Can Do Now To Protect Your Family From Lead Based Paint


. If you suspect that your house has lead hazards, you can take some immediate steps to reduce your family's risk:
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* If you rent, notify your landlord of peeling or chipping paint.
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* Clean up paint chips immediately.
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* Clean floors, window frames, window sills and other surfaces weekly. Use a mop or sponge with warm water and a general all-purpose cleaner or a cleaner made specifically for lead. REMEMBER: NEVER MIX AMMONIA AND BLEACH PRODUCTS TOGETHER SINCE THEY CAN FORM A DANGEROUS GAS.
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* Thoroughly rinse sponges and mop heads after cleaning dirty or dusty areas.
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* Wash children's hands often, especially before they eat and before nap time and bed time.
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* Keep play areas clean. Wash bottles, pacifiers, toys, and stuffed animals regularly.
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* Keep children from chewing window sills or other painted surfaces.
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* Clean or remove shoes before entering your home to avoid tracking in lead from soil.
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* Make sure children eat nutritious, low-fat meals high in iron and calcium, such as spinach and low-fat dairy products. Children with good diets absorb less lead.
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. All lead hazard information contained herein reproduced from the United States Environmental Protection Agency booklet entitled "Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home". Co-Authored by the U.S. EPA and the U.S. CPSC, Washington, D.C. Information on this web site pertaining to lead hazards is based upon current scientific and technical understanding of the issues presented and is reflective of the jurisdictional boundaries established by the statutes governing the co-authoring agencies. Following the advice given will not necessarily provide complete protection in all situations or against all health hazards that can be caused by lead exposure.
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