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Renovating, Repairing and Repainting a Home Containing Lead Paint
Lead and Your Health
Lead is especially dangerous to children under six years of age.
Lead can affect childrens brains and developing nervous systems, causing:
- Reduced IQ and learning disabilities.
- Behavior problems.
Even children who appear healthy can have dangerous levels of lead in their bodies. Lead is also harmful to adults. In adults, low levels of lead can pose many dangers, including:
- High blood pressure and hypertension.
- Pregnant women exposed to lead can transfer lead to their fetuses. Lead gets into the body when it is swallowed or inhaled.
- People, especially children, can swallow lead dust as they eat, play, and do other normal hand-to-mouth activities.
- People may also breathe in lead dust or fumes if they disturb lead-based paint. People who sand, scrape, burn, brush or blast or otherwise disturb lead-based paint risk unsafe exposure to lead.
What should I do if I am concerned about my familys exposure to lead?
- Call your local health department for advice on reducing and eliminating exposures to lead inside and outside your home, child care facility or school.
- Always use lead-safe work practices when renovation or repair will disturb painted surfaces.
- A blood test is the only way to find out if you or a family member already has lead poisoning. Call your doctor or local health department to arrange for a blood test. For more information about the health effects of exposure to lead, visit the EPA lead website at www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/leadinfo.htm or call 1-800-424-LEAD (5323).
There are other things you can do to protect your family every day.
- Regularly clean floors, window sills, and other surfaces.
- Wash childrens hands, bottles, pacifiers, and toys often.
- Make sure children eat a healthy, nutritious diet consistent with the USDA's dietary guidelines, that helps protect children from the effects of lead.
- Wipe off shoes before entering house. Next Page
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